…Declare Peace Imoisili, Julius Olamide waited as Anti-LGBT Persecution Continues.
Benin Southern state, Nigeria authorities reportedly arrested 16 men over the weekend Sunday, July, 31th 2016.
They were arrested for been gay at a birthday party organinsed in a hotel in Benin City Edo State.
Few details were published about the circumstances leading up to the incident, but the board commander General said the police actions followed reports of unspecified activities from residents in the area.
In Edo state, the 16 gay men entrapped in a party in Benin are Paul Osahon, Endurance Igbinovia, Okoro Joseph, David Edobor, Haruna Abas, Iziegbe Joshua, Jude Okoro, John Osalumense, Ibrahim Idris, Igbinadion Osaretin,Edosa Richard, Sadon Johnson, Musa O Musa, Abuh Marcus Festus Omokaro, and Daniels Obi.
After extreme interrogation by the police, they all confessed to the crime. David Edobor basically confessed that one Mr. Peace Imoisili and Julius Olamide was in the birthday party but departs before the arrival of the police.
In a statement by the police, all necessary measures have been put in place to track and arrest Peace Imoisili and Julius Olamide.
On January 7, 2014, former President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition)Bill (SSMPA) into law.
The major purpose of SSMP is to prohibit marriage between persons of the same sex. The law forbid any cohabitation between same-sex sexual partners and bans any public show of same amorous relationship.
SSPMA imposes 10-year prison sentences on anyone who registers or participated in gay club societies and organizations that supported the activities of such organisations.
Basically, because of SSMPA law, the police maltreat people in any way that pleases them.
They use extreme measures of interrogations on gay men and when they hear about a gathering of men they just head over to make an arrest.
In Northern State’s where Sharia laws or Islamic laws are enforced individuals convicted of homosexual offenders could get the death penalty sentence.
As at the time of this report, location of Peace Imoisili and Julius are still yet unknown.
Persecution of IGBTQ+ Nigerians has particularly escalated under the presidency of anti- gay leader Muhammadu Buhari, according (TIER)a human rights group based in the country.