Nigerian authorities arrest a dozen people at gay wedding

Nigeria FlagJanuary 27, 2015 – Reported by the Washington Blade – Nigerian authorities on Monday arrested a dozen people who were reportedly attending a same-sex wedding.

Pulse, a Nigerian news website, reported that religious forces known as the Hisbah who enforce Sharia law in the northern part of the country that is predominantly Muslim, detained what they described as “suspected homosexuals” who were attending a same-sex wedding at a resort outside the city of Kano.

The newspaper reported the authorities arrested one of the men who “was on the verge of tying the knot with his partner.”

Aminu Daurawa, the head of the Hisbah, confirmed to Agence France-Presse that authorities had made the arrests.

“We have 12 men in custody, including the bride,” said Daurawa, according to Agence France-Presse. “We arrested them at the venue of a planned gay wedding.”

Jeffrey Smith of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a Washington-based human rights organization, criticized the arrests.

“These arrests are deeply concerning, for in many ways Nigeria sets the bar for the rest of Africa,” he told the Washington Blade. “The actions of Nigerian authorities can often have far-reaching and negative consequences across the continent.”…story continues below…

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