The authorities have reported that among those arrested, there are 17 women. Of the 59 men, 21 have admitted to being homosexual. The authorities believe that a wedding ceremony was also intended to take place at the party. Same-sex marriage is illegal in Nigeria.
This is not the first instance of mass arrests of homosexuals at a private event in Nigeria. At the end of August, security forces disrupted a secret same-sex wedding ceremony with more than 200 guests. Over 60 of them were arrested.
Homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria, and being a member of an organisation advocating for LGBT+ rights is also prohibited. Individuals who violate these laws can face up to fourteen years of imprisonment. According to various studies, more than ninety percent of the Nigerian population does not accept homosexuality.