Police Raid Gay Wedding Ceremony In Sokoto

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A tip-off received by Nigeria’s intelligence officers led to police raiding a suspected gay wedding ceremony on Saturday in the Northern city of Sokoto-a leading centre of Islamic learning, reports BBC Hausa Service.

Police spokesman, Almustafa Sani told the news platform that authorities were conducting a thorough investigation with a view to charging the two people arrested for being involved in “unnatural” conduct.

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Mr Sani said homosexuality was illegal under Nigeria’s secular constitution and Islamic law which is applied in Sokoto state.

This incident occurred hours before U.S top Diplomat, John Kerry visited the state.

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On his third visit to Nigeria in less than two years, the U.S envoy met with traditional, political and religious leaders, including Sokoto Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar. Kerry appealed to Nigerians to practise equality and tolerance to “overcome deep-seated ethnic and religious divisions.” His remarks came two days after police raided a suspected gay wedding ceremony in the northern city, and one day after a Muslim mob in northern Nigeria killed eight people after torching the house of a Muslim man who stood up for a Christian student accused of blasphemy.

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