Saturday, February 02, 2013

Nigerian Woman Wanted by Police for Lesbianism in Lagos

Lesbianism is a crime in Nigeria.

Obinna Stephanie Onyinye, 31 has been declared wanted by the police for alleged involvement in the act of lesbianism in Shasha area of Lagos State, Nigeria.

It was reported that Stephanie in 2012 was allegedly caught engaging in the practice of lesbianism with another woman, and has since then been reported at the Afonka Police Division.

See full report on Nairaland.

Nigeria recognizes neither same-sex marriages nor civil unions for same-sex couples. Homosexuality can land men up to 14 years in prison in Southern Nigeria and capital punishment for men in areas under Sharia Islamic Law. Proposals to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage compacted with severe penalties to those convicted of performing or participating in such, have twice surfaced. A similar bill is currently pending parliamentary approval.

On January 18, 2007 the Federal Executive Council approved a law, Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2006, prohibiting same sex marriages and sent it to the National assembly for urgent action.

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