The Delta State Police Command has announced the apprehension of more than 100 individuals suspected of participating in a homosexual wedding event held at a hotel in Delta State. The state police shared this information via their official X (formerly Twitter) handle, revealing their intention to shortly parade the detainees.
The police statement read: “Delta State Command has arrested over a hundred gay suspects in a hotel carrying out a gay wedding ceremony. We will be going live shortly on Facebook to parade the said suspects.”
This development follows the enactment of an anti-gay law in 2014, which has prompted security agencies to take action against individuals perceived to be engaging in homosexual activities. Over the years, such arrests have taken place across various regions in Nigeria.
In December 2020, the Lagos State Police Command detained 10 individuals suspected of engaging in homosexual activities within a brothel situated in the Okota area of Lagos.
Similarly, in 2018, the police paraded 57 men accused of partaking in alleged homosexual activities at the Kelly Ann hotel in Egbeda, Lagos.
More recently, in January 2022, eight individuals were apprehended at a hotel in Isolo, Lagos, on allegations of engaging in homosexual activities.
The 2014 anti-gay law prescribes a prison term of 14 years for those found guilty of same-sex sexual relations. The law remains a contentious and widely debated topic, eliciting varying opinions across society.