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Reports indicate that an alleged homosexual man was caught and beaten to death in Ondo state sometime in February.
Man Identified as Akinnifesi Olumide Olubunmi, he was reportedly attacked in a spate of jungle justice by youth in Ondo west according to the crude Facebook post about the deceased person pictured below…
In January 2014, a new law signed by then President Goodluck Jonathan made it illegal for gay people to even hold a meeting.
The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act also criminalizes homosexual clubs, associations and organizations, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail.
The act has drawn international condemnation from countries such as the United States and Britain.
Some Nigerian gays already have fled the country because of intolerance of their sexual persuasion, and more are considering leaving, if the new law is enforced, human rights activist Olumide Makanjuola said recently.
Nigeria’s law is not as draconian as a Ugandan bill passed by parliament last month which would punish “aggravated” homosexual acts with life in prison. It awaits the president’s signature.
But Nigeria’s law reflects a highly religious and conservative society that considers homosexuality a deviation. Nigeria is one of 38 African countries – about 70 percent of the continent – that have laws persecuting gay people, according to Amnesty International.