Monday, November 29, 2004

Nigeria: Sharia court issues warrant for gay man

The story appeared in the Vanguard yesterday ...
A Nasarawa Sharia court sitting in Keffi has declared wanted a middle-aged man, Mr Michael Ifediora Nwokoma for allegedly engaging in homosexual act with a businessman, one Mallam Abdullahi Ibrahim.

The court issued bench-warrant on him following an explanation by the prosecution that Nwokoma was at large and could only be brought before the court by the police to face trial.

[...] Nwokomah, a supervisor with a building construction firm in Keffi and a Muslim cleric’s son, Mallam Ibrahim, were alleged to have been engaging in the “unholy” act for sometime.

According to reports, some local Muslim youth who had been suspecting the duo of being homosexuals decided to get them to explain their actions.

When the irate youth reportedly actualized their decision, they succeeded in getting one of the alleged homosexuals - Ibrahim who was almost lynched [by the youth] in the process of getting him to confess to the act but for the timely intervention of their district head who informed the appropriate authorities which formally arrested and charged him to court for homosexualism.

[...] Trial in the matter has since been stalled as the court hinted that there must be a joint prosecution of the accused persons in the matter. (source)
Punishment is death by stoning.