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Nigerian Court Sentences Actor To 3 Months In Jail for Engaging In Homosexual Acts

in NIGERIA, 19/09/2012

Unconfirmed reports say that a Nigerian actor has been sentenced to jail for 3 months for engaging in homosexuality; this was after the Nigerian Senate passed a strict law banning same-sex marriage and public display of affection by gays and lesbians.

According to Bella Naija, 28 year-old actor, Bestwood Chukwuemeka (inset) was on Monday sentenced to three-month imprisonment by a Karu Senior Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for having sexual intercourse with another man.

Premium Times quoted him as pleading guilty to engaging in homosexual acts. “I am guilty of the charge against me. I was under the influence of alcohol and I want the court to temper justice with mercy’’

The Police Prosecutor said the convict’s act was contrary to Section 284 of the Penal Code and that he committed the offence in August when sleeping in his bed.

Premium Times also noted that when he was first arraigned in early September, Chukwuemeka pleaded not guilty, saying, “I came back drunk from the night club and thought I was sleeping on the same bed with my girl-friend and I started romancing her.”

However, when the case was heard on Monday, the actor suddenly pleaded guilty, and was then sentenced to three-month imprisonment.

The Senior Magistrate, Nafisatu Buba, sentenced him to three-month imprisonment without an option of fine.

“This would serve as warning to other youths who hide under the influence of alcohol to commit crimes,’’ she was quoted as saying.

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