53 men arrested in Nigeria for celebrating same-sex wedding
53 men have been arrested in Nigeria for celebrating a same-sex wedding.
Nigerian police confirmed they had arrested the group of young men for “belonging to a gang of unlawful society”, according to Associated Press.
The men were arrested on Saturday (April 15) in the northern city of Zaria during a celebration to mark to wedding of a same-sex couple, prosecuting officer Mannir Nasir told a court on Wednesday (April 19).
A defence lawyer for the group said most of the accused were students and that they had been illegally detained by the authorities for more than 24 hours, local outlet Premium Times reports.
Same-sex marriage is banned in Nigeria, while the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act introduced in 2014 also made it a criminal offence to perform or witness a gay
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