Angry Muslim Mob Storms Prison to Lynch Homosexuals
On Tuesday angry Muslims rioted when the homosexuals were brought to court.
A man throws a stone at riot police called in to disperse protesters shouting abuse at men on trial for dressing as women in Bauchi, northern Nigeria, August 21, 2007. Eighteen Nigerian men accused of dressing up as women during a party at a hotel went on trial on Tuesday before an Islamic sharia court in the northern state of Bauchi. Dozens of residents shouted abuse and hurled stones at the men as they were escorted into an armoured prison vehicle after the hearing, prompting police to fire tear-gas at the crowd. (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)
Angry demonstrators have injured a prison official in northern Nigerian Bauchi state in an attempt to lynch suspected homosexuals being held in custody, official news agency NAN said Saturday.
The prison chief, Mohammed Nata’ala, was quoted by NAN as saying the unnamed official was injured while preventing the mob from forcing their way into the prison late Friday.
The demonstrators were said to be protesting the substitution of the charge against the suspects from sodomy, which carries the death penalty under the Islamic sharia code, to idleness.
The sharia penal code was adopted in Bauchi and other states in Muslim northern Nigeria eight years ago following the end of military rule.
The suspects, 18 in all, were arrested on August 4 in a hotel in Bauchi for wearing women’s clothing and allegedly attempting to conduct a gay marriage.
Men, arrested for alleged immoral behaviour, arrive to appear before an Islamic sharia court in Bauchi, capital of the northern Nigerian state, 21 August 2007. Angry demonstrators have injured a prison official in northern Nigerian Bauchi state in an attempt to lynch suspected homosexuals being held in custody, official news agency NAN said Saturday.(AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei)