KANO, 16 July 2021 – Islamic police in the northern Nigerian town of Kano have arrested five men and accused them of breaking laws on homosexuality.
A dozen northern Nigerian states which have Sharia Law on the books, including the state of Kaduna of which Kano is the capital, prohibit same-sex relationships.
Nigerian law also bans same-sex relationships.
The Islamic Police Board in Kano said it arrested the young men after a raid in what they described as a “hideout” in the Kumbotso neighborhood after reportedly receiving a tip.
Those arrested could face up to 14 years in prison, under secular law, if found guilty.
They could face the death penalty under Sharia law.