Nigeria has strict laws against homosexuals, so strict that the penalty for gay sex is death by stoning.
But if you are lucky you will get a lenient ‘judge’ who will simply arrange a whipping to beat the gayness out of you.
The young man cried out as he was being whipped on the courtroom bench. The bailiffâ€™s leather whip struck him 20 times, and when it was over, the manâ€™s side and back were covered with bruises.
Still, the large crowd outside was disappointed, the judge recalled: The penalty for gay sex under local Islamic law is death by stoning.
â€śHe is supposed to be killed,â€ť the judge, Nuhu Idris Mohammed, said, praising his own leniency on judgment day last month at the Shariah court here. The bailiff demonstrated the technique he used: whip at shoulder level, then forcefully down.
The mood is unforgiving in this north Nigeria metropolis, where nine others accused of being gay by the Islamic police are behind the central prisonâ€™s high walls. Stones and bottles rained down on them outside the court two weeks ago, residents and officials said; some in the mob even wanted to set the courtroom ablaze, witnesses said.
Since Nigeriaâ€™s president, Goodluck Jonathan, signed a harsh law criminalizing homosexuality throughout the country last month, arrests of gay people have multiplied, advocates have been forced to go underground, some people fearful of the law have sought asylum overseas and news media demands for a crackdown have flourished.Â Read more »