Nigerian Actor Sentenced To 3 Months In Jail For Being Gay

Bestwood Chukwuemeka

A 28-year old actor,Bestwood Chukwuemeka, was on Monday sentenced to three-month imprisonment by a Karu Senior Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for having sexual intercourse with another man through the anus.The convict, said he was guilty of the charge against him but was under the influence of alcohol.Homosexual acts, the prosecutor said, was contrary to Section 284 of the Penal Code.The Senior Magistrate, Nafisatu Buba, sentenced him to three-month imprisonment without an option of fine.

In November, the Nigerian Senate passed a strict law banning same-sex marriage and public display of affection by gays in Nigeria.Same sex Marriage bill 2011 – prescribes 14-year jail terms for convicted gays in Nigeria.Any person, who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organization, or directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationships in Nigeria commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a term of 10-year imprisonment.

This would serve as warning to other youths who hide under the influence of alcohol to commit crimes