Same sex couple to be charged in Kano state
The Islamic police force in Nigeria’s northern city of Kano has said it is going to charge a same sex couple for planning an illegal wedding.
They couple have been reportedly arrested by the Islamic police force in Kano and will face indictment.
Kano state adopted the Sharia law in 2000 and practices this law although it only applies to Muslims residing in the state. And according to the Hisbah, the planned wedding was judged to be immoral.
The Hisbah said the planned gathering by the suspected lesbian couple was considered immoral. The women are in custody and were arrested on Monday along with 10 of their guests and the owner of the venue. The ceremony was to take place in the Sabon Gari suburb, an area set aside for non-Muslim residents of the bustling commercial centre.
The same sex couple and their guests who were arrested will be charged according to Sharia Law. The federal law states that homosexual acts attract 14 years in prison and same-sex marriage and public display of affection by same-sex couples is also prohibited.
However, since the introduction of the law, people suspected to be homosexual or gay have been arrested, publicly humiliated and even violently attacked.