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Lesbianism: Lady Lynched in S/East

By Mosun Usman

Just as Nigerian government has officially banned homosexuality in the country with a stiff sentence,  many communities are actually taking the law into their hands.

Armed with the social and religious beliefs,  those caught in the act are ofter subjected instant jungle justice that often leads to lynching of victims. 

A case being investigated at the moment is said to involve an igbo lady and a yoruba girl who were caught by the igbo lady family 

As it was explained to this magazine,  the lady had gone to the East with her alleged lover only to be caught naked at the middle of the night. 

The visiting lover was said to have escaped into the village sensing the danger that await the revelation. 

It was reliably gathered that the native lover was mistakenly lynched , an incident that threw the entire village into confusion. She died few days after the mob attack on her as a result of injuries sustained.

While the village head and elders described the act of the lynched lady sacrilegious and a taboo,  many are of the opinion that they would have been handed over to the police. 

The community spokesperson,  Charles Madu who narrated how the community is reconciling the family however identified the deceased as Nkiru Samuel.

The othe lady known as Adebola Kolawole was said to have travelled to Ibadan while her parents have all gone underground for fear of retaliatory attack. 

A family member Dapo Kolawole who spoke to News of the People declined to give details of the incident saying all questions should be addressed to appropriate authority. 

Some Nigerian gays already have fled the country because of intolerance of their sexual persuasion, and more are considering leaving, if the new law is enforced, human rights activist Olumide Makanjuola told Telegraph in an interview.

Nigeria’s law is not as draconian as a Ugandan bill passed by parliament last month which would punish “aggravated” homosexual acts with life in prison. 

But Nigeria’s law reflects a highly religious and conservative society that considers homosexuality a deviation. Nigeria is one of 38 African countries – about 70 percent of the continent – that have laws persecuting gay people, according to Amnesty International.

Same sex act attracts 14-year imprisonment under the new law of 2014.

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