Photo: Police Arrests Gay Couple Having Elaborate Wedding In Abuja

Last week, residents of Jiwa community in Abuja Municipal
Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) witnessed a ceremony
marking the solemnisation of a gay marriage in the area. Leadership Newspaper reports that the ceremony was however cut short by the intervention of men of
the Nigeria police who promptly arrested the suspects.
On Saturday February 6, 2016 a popular hotel in Jiwa
Community of Abuja, King’s Land Hotel hosted two male guests who were there to
celebrate their marriage, otherwise known as same-sex marriage. According to
findings, the stage was already set with the hall decorated awaiting the
commencement of the ceremony. At about 5.30 pm many invited guests were already
seated for the occasion, with invited guests, including their sponsors, the
chairman of the occasion and other guests in their hundreds awaiting the
commencement of the ceremony.

However just as the celebrants were emerging from the car
that conveyed them to the venue and were about taking their seats at the high
table, men of Nigeria Police Force drafted from the Gwagwa Police Station
swooped down on them and promptly arrested them. The suspects who live in Jiwa
Community are said to be indigenes of Kaduna State. Eyewitnesses said many
other persons, including their sponsors, chairman of the occasion and the owner
of the hotel were equally arrested during the raid.
Leadership Weekend also gathered that men of the Nigeria
Police Force, Gwagwa Division (AMAC) had earlier gotten information about the
marriage that was to take place in the area, and had therefore sent a team of
plain-clothed policemen to keep surveillance of the area. It was gathered that
the names of the two men were given as Abdul Lawal who is supposed to be the
husband, while Umar Tahir posed as the wife. The sponsors of the marriage
according to our findings are Abubakar Tahir and Mohammed Sani.

It would be recalled that on January 7, 2014, former
President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law the Bill which outlaws same sex
marriage. The signed bill says the gays; lesbians in Nigeria will risk a
14-year jail term if they do not retrace their steps and renounce such
marriage. Also, any person who operates or participates in gay clubs, societies
and organisations directly or indirectly will earn a 10-year imprisonment.
Those who administer, witness, abet or aid the solemnisation of a same sex
marriage are going to bag a 10-year jail term.

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