Nigerian state imposes 14 years imprisonment for gays and lesbians

The Katsina State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed a law which provides for the conviction of homosexuals and lesbians to 14 years imprisonment without option of fine.

The law also affects anyone convicted of sexual harassment of students and other residents.

The provisions amended Sections 284 and 285 of Penal Code Law, CAP. 96 Laws of Katsina State, 1991.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the amendment was sponsored by Alhaji Rabiu Idris, the member representing Funtua Local Government, following reports of sexual harassment in some tertiary institutions in the state. Idris had while seeking for the law to be amended, said it was “too light” to deter anyone from committing such offences.

Part of the amended law reads: “Whoever has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, that person shall be punished with 14 years imprisonment and liable to N10,000 fine.

“Any woman who employed means of satisfying her sexual desire through bodily contact with another woman or otherwise, with or without her consent, that woman shall be liable to 14 years imprisonment together with N10,000 fine.”

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