Nigerian Police detain dozens accused of violating Anti-Gay Law by allegedly attending same-sex wedding.
A Total of 67 Individuals Are Being Held in Custody Due to Allegations of Violating the Anti-Gay Law by Participating in the Same-Sex Wedding Held in the Town of Ekpan in Delta State
In an article published by HRW.ORG, in Nigeria’s Delta State, numerous people were arrested for their alleged involvement in a same-sex wedding, which violates the country’s anti-gay law. The police publicly displayed the suspects, same-sex wedding attendees, questioning them and infringing upon their dignity, rights to privacy, association, and a fair trial.
The Delta State commissioner of police confirmed that 67 individuals were arrested for conducting or attending the event, an act prohibited by Nigeria’s Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act. The police shared this spectacle on their Facebook page despite a 2022 court ruling against such practices, which violate human rights and dignity. The law enacted in 2014 criminalizes same-sex marriage, public displays of such relationships, and involvement in gay organizations.
Human Rights Watch’s 2016 report revealed the law’s association with abuses against LGBTQ individuals. Nigerian authorities are urged to hold the police accountable, cease this practice, release those arrested, and work towards repealing the anti-gay law.