A Sharia Court in Ningi, Nigeria after hearing witness statements as well as the confessions of all three men have sentenced them to death by stoning for being gay.
The men, aged 20, 30, and 70 were sentenced by Judge Munka’ilu Sabo Ningi, under provision 134 of Bauchi State Penal Law of 2001 and Fiquhussunah Jizu’i number 2. and were detained by members of the Hisbah Vanguard in June.
Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Nigeria. The maximum punishment in the 12 northern states that have adopted Shari’a law is death by stoning.
In 2006 the Nigerian ambassador to the United Nations, Joseph Ayalogu, stated, “The notion that executions for offences such as homosexuality and lesbianism [are] … excessive is judgemental rather than objective. What may be seen by some as disproportional penalty in such serious offences and odious conduct may be seen by others as appropriate and just punishment“
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