John M. Becker

Gay Nigerians Stripped, Whipped in Public

Filed By John M. Becker | April 01, 2014 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: anti-gay violence, blackmail, gay-on-gay crime, Goodluck Jonathan, humiliation, jail the gays bill, Nigeria, violence

gay-nigerians-arrested.jpgMore disturbing news out of Nigeria, where Gay Star News reports that five gay men were arrested, stripped naked, and beaten in public last week after being reported to police by a sexual partner who was blackmailing them:

According to local news reports and information from Nigerian gay activist Bisi Alimi, a gay man from Lagos joined some local gay men in Ekurede Urhobo for a sex party. Afterwards, the man from Lagos demanded payment in exchange for not reporting the group to police.

When the rest of the group didn't pay, the gay man from Lagos reported the group to local authorities... Five men were detained and taken to the town hall, where in front of a large crowd they were stripped naked and whipped.

When they couldn't pay a fine, they were reported to the police. At this point a sixth alleged member of the group was also arrested.

Anti-gay vigilante attacks and witch hunts have dramatically increased in Nigeria since January, when president Goodluck Jonathan signed a sweeping and draconian "jail the gays" law that effectively criminalizes every aspect of LGBT public life. If this latest report is true, the new law is also encouraging blackmail within the Nigerian LGBT community itself.

Photo: Gay Star News.

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