The lads, who say they’re harmless of the costs, appeared in courtroom on Thursday. They’re among the many group of 57 males arrested by the police in a raid on a resort in Lagos in 2018.
Xeenarh Mohammed, govt director of The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERS) in Lagos, the nongovernmental group representing the defendants, stated they have been at a birthday celebration when police invaded the institution and rounded up visitors.
“The taxi driver that was delivering a cake to the birthday celebration was detained. A person that was seeking to ebook a room on the resort was additionally arrested. Every one among them has a novel story to inform about that day,” Mohammed advised CNN.
The Nigeria Police Power, additionally the prosecutors, have now charged the boys with “public present of identical intercourse amorous relationship with one another in hidden locations” and declare the occasion was a homosexual initiation get together. Mohammed stated the police additionally paraded them on tv which she stated had made them the topic of homophobic assaults after they have been launched final yr.
“A lot of them have been disowned by their households after they noticed them on TV. A dry cleaner amongst them misplaced shoppers that feared he might introduce their youngsters to gay acts,” Mohammed stated.
Nigeria police spokesman Frank Mba advised CNN he wanted to collect extra data on the case earlier than giving a response.
“In the event you’re homosexually inclined, Nigeria isn’t a spot for you,” Chief Superintendent Dolapo Badmos wrote in a now-deleted submit on her Instagram web page.
Mohammed stated authorities have typically used the legislation to intimidate the LGBT neighborhood and other people of various sexual orientation.
“We’re dealing with instances of people that have been arrested as a result of that they had a sure coiffure or wearing a approach perceived to be homosexual, being pressured to pay bribes as a result of they’re threatened with 14 years in jail if they do not pay up,” Mohammad stated.
The case involving the 47 males has been postponed till February.