Nigerian authorities have agreed to release on bail 69 local residents arrested for allegedly attending a same-sex wedding. This was announced by their lawyer Ochuko Ojimor. The bail amount for each detainee was 500 thousand naira – about $650.
All the suspects were arrested on August 29 at a hotel in Warri. They were guests at a party that the police regarded as an LGBT wedding. The names of the organizers of the celebration are not disclosed.
Same-sex marriage is illegal in Nigeria. Nigeria criminalizes public expressions of affection between people of the same sex, as well as participation in the activities of LGBT+ organizations. Such a crime can result in 10 to 14 years in prison.
In 2022, the Supreme Court of Nigeria ruled that law enforcement agencies do not have the right to publish the names of detainees and details of detention before a court verdict. However, this regulation is regularly violated.