Nigeria: Angry mob hurling stones halts Sharia court trial of 11 men accused of being gay

BAUCHI, Nigeria – Thousands of angry protesters threw stones into a Sharia court on Wednesday and demanded the conviction and execution of 11 men accused of being members of gay groups, according to news reports.

Chaos, lawlessness and anti-gay violence overtook this northern city, as Nigeria’s so-called “Jail The Gays” law has turned Africa’s most-populous nation into a snake pit of hate and homophobia, unleashing untold horrors on the LGBT community.

President Goodluck Jonathan earlier this month signed into law the misleading named Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which bans gay marriage and civil unions and criminalizes all things gay. Even straight people who shelter LGBT Nigerians are subject to arrest and a prison sentence.

In the north, where Muslims dominate and where Sharia law is enforced along with the federal laws, the situation is grave. Sharia law condemns those found guilty of gay sex to death by stoning or lethal injection.

The 11 men were in Sharia court today after being arrested under the new law for participating in a gay organization. The angry mob wanted blood, and authorities had to fire bullets into the air to chase them away.

Judge El-Yakubu Aliyu abruptly shut down the court, and the 11 accused men were safely returned to prison, according to media reports.
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