The Nigerian police in Lagos State have arrested 42 persons alleged to have engaged in ‘homosexual activities’.
According to a report made available by Sunday Punch Newspaper, the suspects were said to have been rounded up at a hotel at Weigh Bridge in Owode Onirin area of Lagos State on Saturday around 3.30 pm.
It was also reported that the hotel, Vincent Hotel, where they were arrested had been sealed off.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the arrest.
He added that the suspects had been handed over to the state task force for prosecution.
He said, “It is true. About 42 suspected homosexuals were arrested and the hotel has been condoned off while investigation continues. They are in custody of the Lagos State Task Force and will be charged to court soon.”
It is so heartbreaking that LGBT persons have continued to remain targets and exposed to attacks at all times.
It is also so frustrating that members of the LGBT community will have to constantly watch their backs for fear of getting harassed, arrested, brutally beaten or even killed for being who they are.
LGBT persons are human beings and the right of all is constitutionally protected. No one should be treated any differently because of who they are or love.