A police constable in Nigeria is reported to have been stripped naked and severely beaten by a group of youths following allegations that he was homosexual.
Reported by The Nation, the constable along with another man was “caught red-handed” having sex in the city of Umueze located in the south-east of the country.
With condoms being found by the mob and used as evidence, it is reported that after being accused of having sex, the men were beaten to a “stupor,” stripped naked and taken to the palace of the community’s traditional ruler. At the palace, the victims were further verbally abused for “practising sodomy” before being rescued by the police.
Orlando Ikeokwu, who is the spokesperson for the local police confirmed the occurrence of the incident and said that the constable was being investigated and would “face the law” if it was shown that the claims against him were true.
Ikeokwu also advised members of the public, not take the law into their own hands and instead encouraged them to report all grievances to the nearest police station.
Currently, Nigeria is known for having some of the most prolific anti-LGBTI legislation in the world.
Federal law which was put in place in 2014 prohibits same-sex marriages and relationships with a penalty of up to 14 years in prison. The legislation also stipulates a further 10 years in prison for members of the public who display same-sex affection and membership/support of LGBT+ groups.