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Up to twenty-one students have reportedly been arrested in Nigeria for same-sex activities, according to a local newspaper.

The men who were allegedly engaging “in same-sex activities for financial gains” were reportedly arrested at two unnamed state-owned polytechnics in Asaba.

Celestina Kalu who is a spokesperson for the Nigerian state police confirmed the arrests and said that the detectives made the arrests in response to a tip-off.

Nigerian State Police
Nigerian State Police

Speaking with Punch newspaper Kalu said, “We had it on good authority that the male students allegedly engaged in anal sex.”

“The suspects, upon interrogation, made useful statements to the police while investigations are ongoing,” she explained.

Same-sex sexual activity is a criminal offence in Nigeria and is punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment in non-Sharia states, and punishable by death resulting from stoning in Sharia states.

The recent arrests follow similar actions being taken by the Nigerian state police in May 2015 when 21 young men were arrested in Ibadan for being members of an alleged “gay cult.”


Last Updated on Nov 24, 2015

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