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Nigerian protesters urge speedy convictions, executions of accused gay men

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

BAUCHI, Nigeria — Thousands of protesters threw stones into the Shariah court in a north Nigerian city Wednesday, urging the speedy convictions and executions of 11 men arrested for belonging to gay organizations.

Sharia Commission court entrance in Bauchi, Nigeria.

Sharia Commission court entrance in Bauchi, Nigeria.

Security officials fired into the air to disperse protesters in Bauchi city so the accused men could be safely returned to the prison. Judge El-Yakubu Aliyu closed the court abruptly.

“No one can be sentenced to death until confirmed without a reasonable doubt,” Aliyu said in response to calls for the men’s execution.

The court was arraigning seven of 11 accused men on Wednesday. Only three had given testimony when the mayhem began.

The defense counsel was unable to submit an application for bail, and the rest of the defendants were unable to give testimony. It was unclear when the arraignments would resume.

The same court last week convicted a young man of sodomy and had him publicly whipped with 20 lashes, and fi ned before being freed. The court said it was lenient, sparing him the sentence of death by stoning, as he had confessed to one instance of sodomy many years ago and had not committed any homosexual acts since.

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Though he was tried under Islamic law, his was the first conviction of a gay man in Nigeria since the president signed a bill that further criminalizes homosexuality under the penal code. He was among 12 arrested in Bauchi the past few weeks.

The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act that President Goodluck Jonathan signed on Jan. 7 has resulted in a frenzy of arrests of gays. The law bans all gay associations, with penalties up to 14 years’ imprisonment for marriage.

Bauchi state has both a Western-style penal code and Shariah, or Islamic law, in which sodomy can carry the death sentence with a judge deciding whether it should be done by a public stoning or by lethal injection. Shariah law is implemented to different degrees in nine of Nigeria’s 36 stat es. About half of the country’s more than 160 million people are Muslims, the other half Christians.

The law has earned international condemnation.

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  1. What a fucking disgusting nation fucking piece of shit backwards 3rd world african fucks

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:14pm
  2. Oh honey, let's not limit the "euphemisms" to so-called 3rd world nations when the same shit occurs right here in the so-called developed world. I'm with you in sentiment, but they're not the only backward ones.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:31pm
  3. Yeah look at Russia, heading down the same primrose path to self destruction. And the US and other countries could step up and offer to take in GLBT people in at risk countries from around the world, and we are not.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:48pm
  4. Look at the U.S. or most western democracies just forty years ago, when lobotomies were all the rage....

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:21pm
  5. I don't think the problem of countries like these its the nation. The problem are the people that have power on them and use it the wrong way. The education plays a big part too, if the leaders are inhuman they will teach these kinds of ideologies and create brainwashed ignorant people that no better because they don't have access to other kids of thinking or see them as devil

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:31pm
  6. You said it Dustin.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:12pm
  7. Is it just gay men or lesbians too? Just curious.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:16pm
  8. BOYCOTT NIGERIA FOR ANTI GAY LAWS THAT MURDER PEOPLE!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:17pm
  9. This is what comes of letting ‘missionaries’ poison a continent. We have a moral obligation to offer the persecuted asylum.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:17pm
  10. ...and put a stop to missionary work everywhere. We need to stop the brainwashing and hatred.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:56pm
  11. Uneducated and ignorant why do we even help with them with aid they need education from their backwards pitiful lives.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:20pm
  12. Its gays and lesbians Jake Foster

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:20pm
  13. This is so sad.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:21pm
  14. Blood thirsty bastards

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:25pm
  15. Disgusting, barbaric, and completely unnecessary.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:27pm
  16. Thank you Scott Lively and Rick Warren etc…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:28pm
  17. It reminds me of the salem witch trials. They just accuse people of being gay even when some of them aren’t then they legally get executed for being gay like are you fucking serious. At least give them a chance to leave your shit hole nation you evil piece of shit country. Of course religion is what causes this horse shit. Religion is fucking evil

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:37pm
  18. Be wary, when 1 group is denied their human rights, you who deny could be next. Who will stand for you!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:38pm
  19. Uneducated, bug eating savages….our dogs have more class than those horrible bigots.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:39pm
  20. They aren’t all backwards, just the ones who get to run the country! Same as some of the people running our countries.. Did you hear what the UKIP politician said about the UKs acceptance of gay marriage causing the recent floods?.. Our governments are doing anything about it, speaking up against it.. They sit there passively while innocent men and women are tortured or murdered because of their private lives.. The people in power are all backwards in one respect or another..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:40pm
  21. Humans have such needless savagery within them.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:43pm
  22. the faster you are in wrongful justice the swifter we will make sure you are paid back in full Nigeria.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:47pm
  23. We need anonymous to photoshop some pictures of their president having gay sex and as many of their ministers as possible and post them all over Nigeria’s computers, phones, pads, ATN screens.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:49pm
  24. Bloody ignorant nazi bastards!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:51pm
  25. disgusting bigots

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:53pm
  26. Anything we can do to help? No petition?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:00pm
  27. Nigeria seems to in the grip of a panic fear of homosexuals. Why? What are they so damn scared of?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:04pm
  28. What hateful and blood thirsty people smh

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:06pm
  29. What are they so afraid of? This from a nation that mutilate women & girls, , rape all females, pass Aids/Hiv to women through the rapes, then kill the women for having sex! !!! This madness must be stopped!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:21pm
  30. Why does being gay have to be the biggest “issue” going on in the world right now. Of course humans have to focus on something that should not even be a fucking problem. Only humans care who someone falls inlove with. Only humans are so fucking brainwashed by religion they will kill for it no matter how fucking psychotic it is. There are bigger fucking problems we should focus on that are actually problems. World hunger, pollution, animal abuse, making the planet more green and less dependant on oil. Why the fuck does religion even exist and why the fuck do psychos have to use it against gay people. What if we lived in a world where being gay was normal and you could be executed for being straight. We live in such a twisted fucked up world full of fucking morons who would rather focus on hating people rather than real earthly problems. I can not stand how fucking stupid humans are.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:29pm
  31. America should spend NO $ there

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:34pm
  32. Yeah when in reality they are the evil ones of satan. They are so fucking stupid and brainwashed living in their own twisted fucking mind fuck

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:44pm
  33. Savages we should cut off Ll business and trade with this homophobic regime and ask Europe too do the same sanctions now!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:52pm
  34. Seems like they are just looking to kill…period.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:52pm
  35. that hobo on the bike in the picture tells me everything I ever wanted to know about Nigeria..shit hole

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:01pm
  36. Insane !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:04pm
  37. stupid fucking people

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:05pm
  38. stone throwers are no better than murderers

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:08pm
  39. Don’t forget, it is American rightwingers and Christian homophobes who are funding these anti-gay actions as well as fanning the flames of hatred.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:08pm
  40. they should check to see if there house is made of glass,or there walls might shatter.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:09pm
  41. .
    Not another dime of gay tax dollars in foreign aid to these anti-gay asses.
    Let’em starve! Dead bigots don’t bash.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:10pm
  42. Coming to Britain in the near future.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:12pm
  43. Evil on Earth! :(

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:15pm
  44. Richard Savedra is 100% correct…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:16pm
  45. Let ‘em starve. Dead bigots can’t bash.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:17pm
  46. Nigeria is not a civilized democratic country anymore. It is a pariah state. I now find the country’s government disgusting. I am not a racist. Just a realist.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:25pm
  47. Wow

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:37pm
  48. aren’t humans great……not!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:47pm
  49. they keep this up there is bound to be another world war. they are doing exactly what the Nazi’s were doing.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:54pm
  50. That’s horrific!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:05pm
  51. Fascist religious extremist idiots. Time to cut off ANY and ALL aid!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:15pm
  52. We should not have anything to do with Nigeria.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:22pm
  53. more names to be added to the slaughter in Gods name

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:28pm
  54. Why r they so ignorant..No travel to Africa…that’ll change their tune…no money for you…stupid..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:35pm
  55. religion is insane…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:36pm
  56. Now Is The Time For Our Military To Do Extractions, And Work With The Nigerian Government To Offer Nigerian Gays A Truce Or Something So They Can Leave The Country Peacefully

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:39pm
  57. Mob rule!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:40pm
  58. This shit would have never happened it the American GOP didn’t go there and push this hate agenda to begin with. I fucking hate GOP officials and hope they die a show miserable death for this garbage!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:50pm
  59. Where is the U. N.? The U.S. should stop foreign aid immediately until they change their approach to life.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:52pm
  60. Notice how they’ve conveniently ignored, in their hateful zeal, the fifth commandment which says, “Thou shalt not kill.” Payback time is going to be a real beezitch when it comes.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:02pm