Law enforcement in Nigeria have arrested at least 67 people who were believed to be celebrating a same-sex wedding in Delta state’s Ekpan town.
According to a statement from the authorities, police raided the event at around 2am on Monday (28 August) and initially arrested more than 100 people before scaling it down to 67 suspects who will be prosecuted for “allegedly conducting and attending a same-sex wedding ceremony”.
This marks one of the country’s largest mass arrests in recent years targeting homosexuality.
What's life like for LGBTQ people in Nigeria?
What's life like for LGBTQ people in Nigeria? Let's take a look at some of the key equality indicators.
Is homosexuality legal in Nigeria?
No. Same-sex sexual activity is explicitly criminalised.
If convicted, the punishment can be up to 14 years in prison. There are a number of states that impose Sharia law – the penalty in these states is death.
Are there anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ people in Nigeria?
There are no protections in place against discrimination on the grounds of sexuality.
Is there Marriage Equality in Nigeria?
There is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships, and legislation has been passed specifically prohibiting same-sex relationships and any suggestion of same-sex marriage.
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Nigeria?
Nigeria is a socially conservative country, split between the Muslim north and the Christian south. Religion plays a significant role in shaping public opinion and attitudes.Homophobia is systemic, and LGBTQ people are actively targeted for state-sanctioned harassment, arrest, and persecution.
The major political parties are overtly hostile to LGBTQ people.Nigeria is widely recognised as one of the world’s most homophobic and aggressively anti-gay countries in the world.