Each man has been sentences to seven years in prison.
Shami Sivasubramanian

8 Dec 2016 - 1:33 PM  UPDATED 8 Dec 2016 - 1:33 PM

The LGBT+ movement has been making strides towards equality over the decades, but there's still a long way to go globally, particularly in regions where homosexuality is still illegal.

One of those countries is the West African nation of Nigeria, whose courts recently sentenced four men to seven years in prison each for engaging in homosexual acts.

Under Nigerian law, those found guilty of homosexual acts can face up to 14 years in prison.

The defendants were aged between 23 and 45 years. The trial took place in Kano, a region of Nigeria known for its large Muslim population.

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“32-year-old Sule Hassan admitted to having sex with a man simply identified as Tijjani because he was offered N500 and Ali Sheriff also confessed after several of his instant messages were presented in court,” reports Information Nigeria.  

Nigerian LGBT+ rights group - No Strings Nigeria - has been vocal about the discrimination and archaic ruling against these consenting adult men.

“This is completely unacceptable, as it is unreasonable to condemn two adults who, in their right and sound minds choose to privately engage in an affair that they deem pleasurable,” they write on their website.

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