Over 100 Arrested in Nigerian Hotel Raid Over Alleged Gay Wedding

Over 100 Arrested

Over 100 Arrested in Nigerian Hotel Raid Over Alleged Gay Wedding – The Delta state police command has announced a significant arrest of over 100 individuals suspected of participating in a gay wedding ceremony at a hotel in Delta state.

Acting on a tip-off, the police raided the hotel on Tuesday, August 29, where the suspects were reportedly dressed in wedding attire and exchanging vows. The police also intend to parade the detainees soon and are preparing to charge them under the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which criminalizes same-sex marriage and related activities in Nigeria.

Uproar and Backlash from Advocates over 100 Arrested

The arrest has ignited a wave of condemnation from gay rights activists and also human rights organizations. They are vehemently demanding the immediate release of the detainees and advocating for the repeal of the anti-gay law. Critics assert that firstly the police action tramples on the suspects’ rights to privacy, and dignity. It also hinders their freedom of expression and association.

The legality and ethical standing of the law itself have also come under scrutiny. Critics argue that the legislation is not only discriminatory but also oppressive and inhumane. They are urging the international community to intervene, placing pressure on the Nigerian government to uphold the rights and security of marginalized sexual groups.

Taboos and Legal Landscape

Nigeria remains one of the most hostile countries for gay individuals, with homosexuality often denounced as unnatural, sinful, and non-African. The Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, enacted in 2014 by former President Goodluck Jonathan, outlaws gay marriage and imposes a severe 14-year prison sentence on those entering or facilitating such unions.

The legislation extends to encompass any form of same-sex relationships or associations, with a 10-year imprisonment term for those who support or partake in such connections. The law has garnered support from religious leaders, politicians, and the general populace, who view it as a safeguard for Nigeria’s cultural and moral heritage.