A raid on a same-sex marriage, which is illegal in the country, was carried out by Nigerian police in the southern city of Warri in Delta state. Authorities arrested 67 people.
Police received information about the ceremony during the Aug. 27 interrogation of a transvestite man, Delta police spokesman Edafe Bright said in a statement late last night.
The notice, however, did not say when the raid took place.
In Nigeria, as in most parts of Africa, homosexuality is generally considered unacceptable, and a 2014 anti-homosexuality law came into effect despite international protests.
Dressing (in women’s clothing) is not illegal, but it tends not to be socially acceptable.
“Officers pursued and arrested a total of 67 suspects, both male and female, who were allegedly officiating and participating in a same-sex wedding ceremony,” Bright said, adding that efforts are underway to arrest others who escaped. .
Investigators found that an intoxicated guest who was arrested during the raid was allegedly raped by a suspect who then fled, Bright noted.
The anti-gay law in Africa’s most populous country punishes up to 14 years in prison for same-sex marriage, same-sex relationships and membership of gay rights organizations.
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