Lagos court puts 47 men arrested for homosexuality on trial


A group of 47 men has appeared in a Nigerian court charged with homosexuality, a crime punishable by 14 years in prison in the country, their attorney said on Thursday.

The men, who were arrested in a Lagos hotel during a police raid in 2017, have been accused of “committing homosexual acts” in a “gay initiation party”.

Police said they were accused of “permitting male persons to have carnal knowledge of themselves against the order of nature.”

The men have all pleaded not guilty.

“They were attending a birthday party. Some of them were at the club of the hotel, some others were relaxing in their rooms when the police came in and arrested them,” defence lawyer Chizelu Emejulu said.

Emejulu said there were men and women at the party, but the police let the women go and kept the men in custody.

“Our defence line is very simple, they were doing nothing illegal, he said.

The trial was adjourned until February 4.

Homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria.


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