Nigeria mob stones detained gays

2014-01-24 05:30
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Cape Town - An angry mob tried to lynch seven homosexuals arrested in northern Nigeria a week after President Goodluck Jonathan approved an anti-gay bill that foresees multi-year jail sentences, local newspaper Vanguard reported on Thursday.

Attackers pelted the accused with stones after they left a court building in Anguwan Jaki in Bauchi State, where they were denied bail. At least 100 homosexuals had been arrested since Jonathan signed off on the law on 15 January that will allow for jail terms of up to 14 years, Nigerian human rights activist Dorothy Aken'Ova told dpa.

"It's a witch hunt. There is an atmosphere of fear. Everyone has gone into hiding," said Aken'Ova. The new bill stipulates jail sentences for anyone who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies or organisations or anyone who, publicly engages in a same sex relationship.

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