Nigerian court grants bail to dozens arrested over alleged gay wedding

A court in Nigeria has granted bail to 69 individuals who were arrested last month in connection with an alleged gay wedding, an act deemed illegal in the country, as confirmed by their lawyer on Tuesday.

In Nigeria, as in many parts of Africa, homosexuality is largely considered culturally and religiously immoral. Despite international criticism, the country enacted an anti-gay law in 2014.

In the southern oil-producing Delta state of Nigeria, a court has decided that the suspects can be released from prison custody following their court application, as reported by attorney Ochuko Ohimor.

The suspects did not appear in court, said Ohimor.

“They are to provide sureties, who will submit their particulars to the court. So, the 69 suspects have been granted bail and I am processing their paperwork,” Ohimor said.

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