Recently, in Nigeria, a court has granted bail to 69 individuals who were arrested last month in connection with an alleged same-sex wedding ceremony. The legal counsel for these individuals disclosed that such ceremonies are prohibited under Nigerian law.
In Nigeria, as in many regions across Africa, homosexuality is predominantly perceived as culturally and religiously taboo. Despite international criticism, the country enacted anti-gay legislation in 2014, reflecting the prevailing societal and moral perspectives on this issue.
In the southern, oil-producing Delta state of Nigeria, a court has rendered a decision to release the suspects from prison detention following the court’s review of their application. This development was confirmed by the attorney representing the individuals, Mr. Ochuko Ohimor.
According to Mr. Ohimor, the suspects were notably absent from the court proceedings. He further explained that the individuals are required to secure sureties who will furnish their information to the court. Consequently, bail has been granted to all 69 suspects, and he is currently in the process of completing the necessary paperwork.