It applies to sexual intercourse between men. Section criminalises attempts to commit the offences prohibited under Section 1. Section 5 1 prohibits the entering into a same-sex marriage or civil union with a penalty of fourteen years. Section 5 2 criminalises registering, operating or participating in gay clubs, societies or organisations, or making a public show of a same-sex relationship with a penalty of ten years imprisonment. Section 5 3 criminalises administering, witnessing, aiding or abetting the solemnisation of a same-sex marriage or union, or supports LGBT organisations with a penalty of ten years imprisonment.
Judge Dismisses Case Against 47 Men Charged Under Nigeria’s Anti-Gay Law
Nigerian judge throws out case against 47 men facing homosexuality charge | Reuters
Forty-seven men went on trial in Nigeria on Wednesday for public displays of affection with members of the same sex, an offence that carries a year jail term in the country. The men were among 57 arrested in a police raid on a hotel in the impoverished Egbeda district of the commercial capital, Lagos, in They pleaded innocent at a hearing last month. Xeenarh Mohammed, the executive director of the Lagos-based Initiative for Equal Rights TIERS , said the law had historically been used to harass and blackmail gay people but there had not been any convictions. Homosexuality is illegal in most African countries. In several, gay people face life imprisonment or the death penalty.