By Mike Daemon and Colin Stewart
Thirty Nigerian men remain behind bars awaiting a court hearing Aug. 8 on homosexuality charges.
The 12 minors who were arrested with them last weekend were released, according to a human rights activist working on the case.
Bail of 500,000 naira (about US $1,375) was set for the adults in the group of 42 arrestees, but none of them was able to pay that much money, the activist said.
The group was arrested on July 29 during an HIV awareness event at the Vincent Hotel in Owode Onirin, Ikorodu, near Lagos.
Under Nigeria’s “Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill,” enacted in 2014, prison sentences of up to 14 years are provided for people in same-sex marriages; people who witness or assist LGBT-related activities; members of homosexual groups; and public display of same-sex affection.
Mike Daemon is the pseudonym of the founder and presenter of the No Strings podcasts, based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The Erasing 76 Crimes blog helps to support the podcasts’ online distribution. To listen to past podcasts or to look for future ones, visit the No Strings website.
- 42 Nigerians granted bail, face homosexuality charges (Aug. 4, 2017, 76crimes.com)
- Nigerian activists: Don’t assume 42 arrested men are gay (Aug. 3, 2017, 76crimes.com)
- Poem for Nigerian arrestees: ’42 … forbidden … for too long’ (Aug. 6, 2017, 76crimes.com)
- International appeals seek release of 42 in Nigeria (Aug. 2, 2017, 76crimes.com)
- #OwodeArrest: 42 alleged gay men are still in police custody. Court arraignment still under probability (Aug. 1, 2017, The Rustin Times)
- Mass arrest of 40 gay men in Nigeria may harm HIV fight (July 31, 2017, Reuters)
- #OwodeArrest: How 70 alleged gay men were arrested in Lagos (July 30, 2017, The Rustin Times)
- Police arrest 42 homosexuals in Lagos hotel (July 30, 2017, Punch)