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Gay Men Face 14 Year Jail Term in Jigawa, Nigeria

Two men in Nigeria’s Jigawa State are facing up to 14 years in jail for involving in homosexuality, an act criminalised in the West African giant’s constitution.

In 2014, former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, signed The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill into law. The Act makes it illegal for gay people to even hold a meeting.

It also criminalizes homosexual clubs, associations and organizations, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail.

Now, the local Hisbah Command in Jigawa has arrested two suspects for an alleged homosexual act in Dutse Local Government Area of the state.

Hisbah commandant Ibrahim Dahiru said in Dutse on Wednesday that the suspects aged 32 and 20 were arrested at a hotel.

He explained that the case was reported by some residents after they heard the suspects arguing over money.

He said a disagreement ensured between them over money in the morning because “Adamu could not provide the N50,000 promised to his guest.”

Dahiru said the case would be transferred to the police for further investigation.

“On Wednesday, our personnel succeeded in arresting two persons in connection with an alleged homosexual act in Dutse.”

“A 32-year-old man identified simply as Adamu, who resides at Ungwa Uku quarters in Kano state, invited his 20-year-old friend identified simply as Tijjani from Garkuwar Sarki quarters in Sokoto State.

“They perfected plans to meet through Facebook, after which both came to the agreement that Tijjani will be paid N50,000 after the act. They lodged at a hotel and passed the night together,” Dahiru said.

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