A Nigerian court detained 57 men for having gay sex in a Lagos hotel, and have charged them with conspiracy, unlawful gathering, and belonging to a secret cult.
This isn’t the first time people at hotels in Nigerian states have been accused of and arrested for homosexuality. Six men in were arrested earlier this month in a hotel in Abia, and 42 men were arrested in a hotel in Lagos last year as well. Depending on the area, the punishment for homosexuality is either up to 14 years in jail or being stoned to death.
All of the men pleaded not guilty, and most said they were just at a party.
“The police just barged in and arrested people … They also accused us of being homosexuals. I am not one, I went there to party. They also accused us of being initiated but no initiation material was founded with us or at the venue,” one of the accused said, reported Pink News.