A Nigerian police constable was rescued from a fatal mob attack by angry community members who wanted to lynch him after catching him and his partner ‘pant down’ in homosexual sex.
Chibuke Ukazu (married to a woman) was indulging in homosexual acts with his gay partner, Yellow, according to the Imo State police command.
Media reports confirmed that the youths of the community claimed to have caught the constable with one of his friends, name yet unknown but nicknamed ‘YELLOW’, in acts of homosexuality.
The youths attacked them and beat them mercilessly. They later took them to the palace of the traditional ruler before their rescue by the Divisional Police Officer and his team.
Orlando Ikeokwu said: ”On April 21, upon information received through a phone call, the Divisional Police officer in charge of Nkwere Division promptly moved into the community and rescued one F/NO.512351 Chibuike Ukazu. Ikeokwu is the state police spokesperson.
The command warns people to desist from taking laws into their hand by resorting to self-help especially on infractions by the members of the Police or other security agencies. Everybody is advised to report all grievances to the nearest Police station for prompt and decisive action.
However, investigation into the matter has commenced with a view to unravel what actually transpired and if found culpable will face the wrath of the law.
On January 7, 2014, former President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill (SSMPA) into law.
SSMPA is to prohibit marriage between persons of the same sex but it is wider in scope as the law forbids any cohabitation between same-sex sexual partners and bans any “public show of same sex amorous relationship.”
The SSMPA imposes a 10-year prison sentence on anyone who “registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organization” or “supports” the activities of such organizations.
Punishments are severe, ranging from 10 to 14 years in prison. Such provisions build on existing legislation in Nigeria, but go much further.: while the colonial-era criminal and penal codes outlawed sexual acts between members of the same sex, the SSMPA effectively criminalizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons based on sexual orientation and gender identity.