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Gay: 42 homosexuals arrested in Lagos Hotel

More than 40 men have been arrested in Lagos, Nigeria over the weekend for performing homosexual acts, police say.

They are due to appear in court later.

It was reported that the police raided  Vincent Hotel located at Weigh bridge in Owode Onirin area of the Lagos State on Saturday afternoon and says the hotel was cordoned off while the investigation was carried out.

Homosexual acts are punishable by up to 14 years in jail in Nigeria, while gay marriage and shows of same-sex affection are also banned.

Nigeria has an influential Christian evangelical movement in the south and strong support for Islamic law in the north, both of which oppose homosexuality.

Same-sex relations are explicitly banned in 72 countries, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

The number of states that criminalize same-sex relations is decreasing annually, though, with Belize and the Seychelles repealing such laws last year.

Nigeria is one of a small number of countries which have gone against a global trend.

The country has had a ban on gay relationships since 1901, and in 2013 also outlawed same-sex marriages, gay groups, and shows of same-sex public affection.

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