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Nigerian courts suspend trial of gays  print

Published on January 29, 2014 by   ·   20 Comments

Two Islamic courts in Bauchi, northern Nigeria have been forced to suspend the trials of 10 men accused of homosexuality because of fears of mob violence, judges and officials have said.

An angry crowd last week pelted stones at seven men suspected of breaking Islamic law banning homosexuality after their hearing was adjourned at the Unguwar Jaki Upper Sharia Court in Bauchi.

Police were forced to use teargas and fire shots in the air to disperse the mob, who were demanding summary trial and execution for the defendants.

The seven had been due to reappear before the same court on Tuesday.

But registrar Isa Bununu told AFP: “We can’t continue with the trial in view of the security breach we had during the last court session.

“The court will have to suspend the trial pending the review of the security situation with relevant authorities to avoid a repeat of the mob action we saw last week.”

Nigeria banned same-sex marriage and civil unions earlier this month in a move that won widespread support in the religiously conservative country but triggered international outrage.

Homosexuality was already banned under sharia Islamic law, which exists alongside state and federal laws in the majority Muslim north of Nigeria and carries the death sentence.

A separate trial of three other suspects at another sharia court in the Tudun Alkali area of the city was also put on hold.

All 10 defendants were arrested on suspicion of belonging to a gay club.

“The trial has been suspended because of the stoning incident in the other court, which we are trying to avoid here”, said judge Nuhu Mohammed Dumi.

“The remand notice for the suspects expired today (Tuesday) but we will have to extend it.”

Dumi suggested that the new trial date would not be publicised and the suspects brought to court in secret to avoid unrest.

Lawyer Suleiman Musa, defending the three, has objected to his clients’ continued detention but Dumi said the decision was for their own safety.

“The families of the three suspects… came to me requesting bail and I told them that it was in their interests to stay in prison because they risk losing their lives at the hands of an angry mob if they are released on bail,” he said.

“They realised the danger.”

Tuesday’s aborted hearings left the Unguwar Jaki court almost empty apart from a few support staff and two litigants in a separate case waiting for the judge.

Rows of brown benches face the judge’s desk, behind which a copy of the Koran in a sheepskin bag for oath-taking and a horsewhip for flogging convicted criminals hang on the wall.

Men and women are usually seated separately.

Sharia proceedings are considered quicker, simpler and more straight-forward than secular courts as well as cheaper. They normally deal with marital, inheritance and financial disputes.

Civil cases are resolved by either testimony of witnesses, valid documents, confession or by swearing an oath on the Koran.

To be proven, the charge of sodomy, like adultery, requires the testimony of three reliable witnesses or a voluntary confession.

But the death sentence is rarely, if ever, carried out.

Dumi last week dismissed the testimony of a prosecution witness against two men accused of being gay lovers because they had not been caught “in the act”.

On January 16, however, he sentenced a 20-year-old man to 20 lashes in public and ordered him to pay a 5,000 naira ($30) fine for breaking the law on homosexuality.

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20 Comments for “Nigerian courts suspend trial of gays”

  1. Anonymous

    Woe unto homos in Nigeria and all their sympathisers. Non again shall we be subject to western bullies. Alimi and Ilesanmi I hope you are reading this punk

  2. Anonymous

    good day my follow nigerians, any body with this kind attitude should be sentence to death by hanging. What is a man looking for his fellow man bottom.

  3. Sam

    Nigeria created a monster by passing the hateful law and the outcome can never be good. It was an unnecessary exercise. Homosexuality had never been legal in Nigeria but for purely diversionary reasons decided to write the law. Yes the North and South will come together, Christians and Muslims will agree. finally Arewa and Ohaneze will be at peace. The peace of the grave yard. How evil and cynical?

  4. Shornkaro

    Homos and lesbis need help and the only way to help them is to send them out of people`s site where they will be till they come to their senses. What will a man be doing in his fellow man`s toilet where there are pretty Ladies that GOD designed for us and ladies using that useless plastic penis while men have the original made from GOD. Any body in same sex side should see a psychologist before it is too late because that is an idea from the pit of hell. They said human right and i asked why human right?, they are against human existance because why would someone born by a woman which she slept with a man befor that to happen, turned back and said that he or she will be with same sex and adopt child born by another people with their senses. Pls help them and send them to prison where they belong or they can pack their things and leave Nigeria for good.

  5. Modinat

    This is something I can get because how can a man an man or a lady and a lady be loving each other haa this is something I cant understand to bad that can not be hear in a ear .i think the should give them punishment that they will never forget in their enteryard life to misgusting .God Allmighty help us this life is getting worse haaaaaaaaa

  6. It is absolute madness that can only drive poeple such nonsence called gay right. And to the worst of my imagination, an arcbishop of Anglican comunion of catabur?, n york criticized Nigeria n Uganda for making laws prohibiting SODOMY, saying that gay couples were also loved by GoD. He is obviously a prophet of satan not of Jesus dt we know

  7. uSo

    May God save Nigeria.

  8. Ozzy

    I SPEAK AS A CHRISTIAN,IF ANY OF THE SEXUAL DEVIANT(S) PRACTICING THE SATANIC ACT DOES NOT COME TO HIS/HER SENSES,THEY SHOULD BE STONED TO DEATH BY THE SOCIETY. WE CANNOT TOLERATE OR THINK TWICE ABOUT WHAT GOD HATES.

    LEST I FORGET,THE LAW PROHIBITING THE ACT OF PARTICIPATING OR VIEWING PORNOGRAPHY SHOULD ALSO BE CONSIDERED. HOMOSEXUALITY,LESBIANISM,AND PORNOGRAPHY ARE RELATED AND BORN OF SATAN THE DEVIL.

  9. Ozzy

    I SPEAK AS A CHRISTIAN,IF ANY OF THE SEXUAL DEVIANT(S) PRACTICING THE SATANIC ACT DOES NOT COME TO HIS/HER SENSES,THEY SHOULD BE STONED TO DEATH BY THE SOCIETY. WE CANNOT TOLERATE OR THINK TWICE ABOUT WHAT GOD HATES.

    LEST I FORGET,THE LAW PROHIBITING THE ACT OF PARTICIPATING OR VIEWING PORNOGRAPHY SHOULD ALSO BE CONSIDERED. HOMOSEXUALITY,LESBIANISM,AND PORNOGRAPHY ARE RELATED AND BORN OF SATAN THE DEVIL.

  10. Ozzy

    I SPEAK AS A CHRISTIAN,IF ANY OF THE SEXUAL DEVIANT(S) PRACTICING THE SATANIC ACT DOES NOT COME TO HIS/HER SENSES,THEY SHOULD BE STONED TO DEATH BY THE SOCIETY. WE CANNOT TOLERATE OR THINK TWICE ABOUT WHAT GOD HATES.

    LEST I FORGET,THE LAW PROHIBITING THE ACT OF PARTICIPATING OR VIEWING PORNOGRAPHY SHOULD ALSO BE CONSIDERED. HOMOSEXUALITY,LESBIANISM,AND PORNOGRAPHY ARE RELATED AND BORN OF SATAN THE DEVIL.

  11. Ozzy

    I SPEAK AS A CHRISTIAN,IF ANY OF THE SEXUAL DEVIANT(S) PRACTICING THE SATANIC ACT DOES NOT COME TO HIS/HER SENSES,THEY SHOULD BE STONED TO DEATH BY THE SOCIETY. WE CANNOT TOLERATE OR THINK TWICE ABOUT WHAT GOD HATES.

    LEST I FORGET,THE LAW PROHIBITING THE ACT OF PARTICIPATING OR VIEWING PORNOGRAPHY SHOULD ALSO BE CONSIDERED. HOMOSEXUALITY,LESBIANISM,AND PORNOGRAPHY ARE RELATED AND BORN OF SATAN THE DEVIL.

  12. bus29

    am afraid of this law because of Nigeria factor,good as it may be as prescribe by the holy books but Nigerian can be funny,anybody that is regarded as enemy of the community can be frame as Gay and that could be dangerous especially in the northern part of the country.

  13. charlie

    Why is it anyone’s business if two grownups, men or women want to have sex with each other? If they are sinning against God, leave it to God to punish them. The so called religious people are the most vile and wicked people on the face of the earth. No wonder we have an upside down society.

  14. Omo be wise

    I think there is a defect in the anti homosexual law, as a matter of urgency, what about the men that have sex with females through their anus and those that engage in oral sex, are all these not filthiness, please someone should inform the lawmakers to include it. I know that most of them engage in this terrible act

  15. Homosexuality has ever been banned by the two prominent scriptures for thousands of years now. The question is, why is it that it is now that Jonathan is signing such a bill into lawif not to score cheap political point and to gain support especially from the north? Is the antigay bill the most important and most urgent bill to impart positively in improving the lives of an average Nigerian on the street of Onitsha, Damaturu, Warri or Ajegunle?

  16. W

    An excellent article which may benefit the education of many ignorant & aggressive people:
    http://rainbowethiopia1.net/2013/12/22/homosexuality-is-very-african-as-much-as-it-is-nigerian-bisi-alimi-speaks/
    Failing that & a tenacious instance upon interpretations on modern religious texts, remember the Commandments sit above all, ‘thou shall not kill’…there is no hope for humanity until we all embrace love & peace…

  17. SM

    You people calling for state sanctioned murder have been lied to and cheated into believing that homosexuality is a sin. Your God created everyone on this planet, it is our only home, either we learn how to co-exist or we are doomed to failure.

  18. SM

    You people calling for state sanctioned murder have been lied to and cheated into believing that homosexuality is a sin. Your God created everyone on this planet, it is our only home, either we learn how to co-exist or we are doomed to failure.

  19. SM

    All you people calling for state sanctioned murder have been lied to and cheated into believing that homosexuality is a sin. Your God created everyone on this planet, it is our only home, start thinking for yourselves and learn how to co-exist.

  20. SM

    All you people calling for state sanctioned murder have been lied to and cheated into believing that homosexuality is a sin. Your God created everyone on this planet, it is our only home, start thinking for yourselves and learn how to co-exist.

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