At least 41 men suspected of homosexuality in Nigeria were arrested in a hotel over the weekend, according to reports by the Fellow Press. The men were rounded up at the Weigh Bridge Hotel in Owode Onirin area of Lagos State where police said the suspects will soon appear in court.
This isn’t the first time that a mass arrest has taken place, back in April, 53 young men were taken to prison when they were caught celebrating a gay wedding. [News24]
The event taking place at the hotel was to raise awareness about HIV testing in the gay community in Lagos, according to the BBC.
Since 1901 the government has banned homosexual acts, and even strengthened the law in 2013 banning gay rights groups and gay marriage. In the north (which is heavily Islamic and parts are under Sharia Law it is punishable punishable by up to 14 years in jail.
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