LGBTI - 54 People Has Been Arraigned To Court Over Gay Wedding In Northern Nigeria


Exactly 54 people went on trial in northern Nigeria on Monday 8th, 2017 on charges connected to allegations that they were celebrating a gay wedding, which is outlawed in the country. The court began hearing the case against the defendants, who have been charged with criminal conspiracy and holding an illegal gathering.

Recall that former Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan signed a bill in 2014 that criminalized same-sex relationships, despite pressure from Western governments to preserve the rights of gay and lesbian people. People still think this is the reason why GEJ incurred the wrath of America an their then President, Obama.
 
The bill contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison and bans gay marriage, same-sex “amorous relationships” and membership of gay rights groups. Defense lawyer Kimi Appah said the gathering had been a birthday party held in April to honor a man who appeared in court.


According to PM News, “Police got wind of it, arrested them and made trumped up charges that they are trying to celebrate a gay marriage,” he told the court in Zaria, a city in the northern state of Kaduna. The man appeared in court with three other people. They were charged with criminal conspiracy and illegal gathering, to which they all pleaded not guilty. The other accused were not present as the case was adjourned. 

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