More disturbing news out of Nigeria, where a mob hauled a suspected gay couple out of their home and humiliated them by forcing them to masturbate each other and have anal sex in front of a large crowd. Onlookers jeered, and some filmed the attack on their camera phones.
Gay Star News reports:
The video is reported by Nigerian sources on the ground to have come from Port Harcourt, a city with a population of almost 2 million including its suburban area, in the south of the country. It is believed it was filmed last Tuesday (28 January).
The exact details of the case - beyond what is captured on the video - are impossible to confirm. But GSN was told the alleged couple were informed on as being homosexual.
A crowd gathered, forced them to leave the house and made them 're-enact' the 'homosexual acts' they allegedly were carrying out in private. The footage was then shared on social media.
This is just the latest in a string of disturbing assaults on LGBT people following the passage of Nigeria's draconian "Jail the Gays" law, which criminalizes virtually every aspect of public LGBT life. The new law has emboldened individuals, vigilante groups, and organizations across the country to carry out vigilante attacks on LGBT people. Bisi Alimi, a Nigerian LGBT advocate, told Gay Star News,
"This law gives ordinary people the opportunity to carry mob justice out and Nigeria is known for this. They don't go to the police because they know the police will just collect money so they administer the punishment themselves but no judge has pronounced them guilty."