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Human Rights Group Condemns the Stripping & Beating of 3 Men in Imo State for Allegedly Being Gay



On Monday 14th January 2013, three men were stripped naked and beaten in Ekwe, near Umuka in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State for supposedly being homosexuals.

The pictures of their ordeal in the hands of members of the community have gone viral, eliciting a range of reactions from Nigerians. Among those who have strongly condemned the action is Steve Aborisade, Founder/Coordinator of the Nigeria HIV Info, a group dedicated to the protection of the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.

In a letter to Rochas Okorocha, the Imo State Governor, Aborisade said the men were yet to be released from the location where they are being held in Umuka, Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State and called on security agents to quickly respond to their plight.

In the letter titled: Gross Abuse Of Human Rights Through A Homophobic Attack On Three Men In Ekwe Area of Imo State, Aborisade condemned the “inhuman treatment” meted out to the men and said being homosexual does not give others the license to trample on their rights.

While acknowledging that several Nigerians find the practice of homosexuality strange and unnatural, we also realize that it does not confer a license to trample on the rights of people who engages in it, with the sort of inhuman treatment that was meted out to these them.

So many informed commentators, including Nobel Prize winner, Prof Wole Soyinka have commented on the scientifically proven fact that more than anything, gays are just victims of biology.

We note and condemn the prevailing adverse legal and social environment that most LGBT now have to face in Nigeria, being criminalised for their sexual orientation and being made a target for harassment and violent assault fuelled by the on-going debates by the nation’s parliament on criminalizing homosexual acts.

Instead of being singled out for harassment and prosecution, what this community deserves is support and access to sexual health services that they lack as citizens of this country. The LGBT community remain a high risk group to HIV/AIDS infection, yet it is a community that has been denied of all access to life saving HIV/AIDS services. We suggest that our parliamentarians should devote equal energy at fishing out and punishing our treasury thieves who are doing more harm to the continued survival of our nation instead of dissipating energy on an issue that borders on private morality.

We enjoin other rights group to show solidarity and ensure that the rights of sexual minorities are protected like other marginalized groups in the country.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Missbrown15

    January 17, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Nigerians and their silly “holier than thou” attitude. I really am sick of all these jungle justice type of news. If they are gay how is that any body’s business? As long as they are not hurting anybody then i do not see the need for this. The ones orchestrating the beatings are even worse offenders than the people they are beating. Silly idiots.

  2. handsignals

    January 17, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Meanwhile political thieves are robbing us before our very eyes and we celebrate them!What a perverse nation!

  3. timi

    January 17, 2013 at 2:07 am

    how i wish nigerians can do this to the people who loot our treasury every day! We need to fish out and treat our corrupt local government chairmen just like this and Nigeria will be a much better country!

  4. Olufunmi

    January 17, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Africans generally r **lips sealed** how is ds someone’s headac in 2013..huh? they choose 2 do wat dy like wit dere body…

  5. HABBA

    January 17, 2013 at 3:06 am

    how does stripping them and beating them solve anything? i swear they should jail anyone that attempts to strip someone in nigeria. if u strip and beat someone you should get 6 months in jail and 6 months sweeping and packing trash in your state! one year of punishment!

  6. dont mention

    January 17, 2013 at 3:21 am

    this is disgusting……why doesnt the human race learn any thing……i hate to say this but black people ,we have very deep issues. we go about complaining about racism from the whites, n look at how we treat ourselves? who made the beaters judges over the beaten? they who beat r they without sin? the men they r accusing of being homos, have they slept with any of them? have their bedroom activities affected the economy, climate or environment in any way? Jesus came for sinners, we all are sinners in one way or another and He urged us to hate the sin and not the sinner…….so where is the justification coming from to these people that gives them grounds to humiliate other beings like dis? yet, nigerians serve God the highest compared to any other african nation on earth. its baffling that no lessons were learnt from the ALUU 4 incident…..may God deliver us and i sure hope the justice system can punish the perpetrators of this sadistic act.

    • what

      January 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

      I agree with you….but you also have to understand that it is not a case of christianity…….Africans looking way back are intolerant and sometimes ignorant people….even if you remove religion/christianity, we still have our ‘culture gods’ as its a case of having a long way to go……I mean some peeps still see albinos as abomination…..

  7. Sara Adebayo

    January 17, 2013 at 3:27 am

    This is the most humiliating and disgracing thing ! why they are threading them like that?? this is not nice and there are many offenders in our society…why don’t you stone them or tie them like slave… This does not represent HUMAN RIGHTS.. and As Nigeria is a well known country around the world, this picture does not render us justice.. but rather destroy our name… echewwww!!!


    January 17, 2013 at 3:29 am

    I believe homosexual act and lesbianism is a sin, because God said so. Besides, it dehumanizes man. But, I don’t think they shld be treated like this esp, if the accusers are Christians, they shld no it’s bettr to walk in love.

  9. Ikenna11

    January 17, 2013 at 3:45 am

    I am not surprised at the treatment this unfortunate men have received. With the venom spewed by Nigerians every time the issue of homosexuality is brought up – many of them are gay by the way -, I am surprised the men haven’t been murdered. We sadly live in a very intolerant society where the agenda is set by the idiots leading us while the largely ignorant masses wallow in confusion, deceit and self righteousness. These poor men may even be innocent of the accusation.
    I won’t be surprised if I am called gay by some people in this forum for voicing my displeasure with the treatment these men have received at the hands of these people.

  10. Winifred

    January 17, 2013 at 3:58 am

    Tired of seeing this kind of nonsense!will this be done to a rapist chrrrrrrrrrrr

  11. Faith

    January 17, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I suppose the only way for “jungle justice” to stop in Nigeria is for laws outlawing and punishing those who break it to be enacted and effected. Because on a wrong day, anyone can fall victim.
    I also curiously note Bella naija’s interest in anything remotely “gay”; I digress a bit.
    I do not agree with the gay lifestyle and the proponents of changing the definition of the family in the west (and now in Nigeria) and wonder why this concept is remotely interesting in Nigeria. The west has been successful economically but has been a colossal failure family wise. Nature will always balance itself and I suggest that these “Human right activists” call evil by its name…EVIL. We shouldn’t try to be politically correct like the west where soon paedophilia will become legal once there are people with that supposedly “alternative lifestyle” lobbying and controlling the media enough. The people who did the beating are evil. The homosexual act is also evil. No need to sugar-coat anything.

  12. iamfascinating

    January 17, 2013 at 7:45 am

    very wrong. you have no right to judge!

  13. oge

    January 17, 2013 at 7:57 am

    lets conderm a bad action,the fact that our polititians are evil does not mean we should condone other evil as they emanate.if they can do it without intimidating or harrassing the younger ones,its ok and to their detriment. The young unthinking ones in the community are the vulnerable ones itis better they are stopped now and their supporters discouraged. because this is not the future we want to build for the next generation.

  14. Faith

    January 17, 2013 at 8:01 am

    @iamfascinating, I suppose your comment addresses my views. So, do you think the people who did the beating were wrong? Yes, I also agree they are wrong and should be punished. Did we just agree on that? Do we have a right to judge that? Lets grow out of the deception and call a spade a spade and not a farm implement.

  15. oddy

    January 17, 2013 at 8:35 am

    @Faith, thank you very much………..

  16. what

    January 17, 2013 at 9:19 am

    barbaric…… might not agree with their style but please let them be..

  17. Priscy

    January 17, 2013 at 10:15 am

    haba not fair..who are we to judge please? leave them to enjoy their sexuality, it’s their life and their anus. Nobody holy pass

  18. Kazeem

    January 17, 2013 at 10:16 am

    This is a very strong signal to the west,i wish we could us this jungle justice to fight corruption,fight for our right to leave a normal life of the 21st century.

  19. chuchusweets

    January 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Once again nothing will be done, Just like the ALUU 4, Poeple face this everyday, then some weak PR does some silly situation control and then it is back to square one. ITs a low down dirty shame that these things just go unpunished and questioned. NIGERIA na wa

  20. Debs

    January 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Hmmm They have come again… we havent heard any justice for the Aluu victims. God help us in this country as we are our own worst enemies. I do not support gay/lesbain stuffs but they should be handed over to the authorities & not take laws into their hands.

  21. konnie

    January 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm


  22. John Adewoye

    January 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Your Excellency Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State in Nigeria.
    I am deeply saddened and traumatized to read that people still practice jungle justice in your state. Three men, had their privacy invaded and were paraded along the street accused of engaging in gay sex. Though same-sex sexual action is criminalized under penal code in Nigeria, invasion of privacy is equally against Nigerian law. Only security officials harmed with warrant could enter a house by force if the owner of the house resists arrests or refuses to open the door. What happen to these men could happen to another person and result could be worse than the Aluu tragedy where four young men were burn to death through jungle justice.
    I read that these men are still in the police custody. I also read from where else that they are nowhere to be found. Have they been killed? What can you do elicit transparency in this case? These three men have families in your domain. They were not caught in acts constituting threat to life and property or even public decency. The stories I have read so far says “they were in the privacy of their room having sex.” WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREVENT JUNGLE JUSTICE FROM HAPPENING AGAIN?
    On second note, human sexuality is not as clear cut as you would think. Some people are born homosexuals. Science confirms this and similar personal life stories of people in this category across the globe confirm it. Coming to this awareness, the British who criminalized same-sex amorous interactions across their colonies have decriminalized it in their own countries and so did many other European countries. South Africa stands as an example for Africa countries to follow. Whatever would make an elder statesman like Nelson Mandela, Wole Soyinka or Desmond Tutu advocate for caution, recognition and respect of the sexual minority’s privacy is worth examining by any other wise leader. Mr. Governor, please come to the assistant of the vulnerable.
    I know same-sex is hotly debated in Nigeria, but that should be no justification for JUNGLE JUSTICE. Mr. Governor could you be the first governor to actually constitute a body researchers to study this “phenomenon” beyond the Bible and sentiment but to the level of scientifically? The finding will enlighten the public and safe lives of vulnerable sexual minorities and their families.
    Finally, would you also use your office to fish out the whereabouts of these men and let the world know that they are still alive? Should they have been killed, would his Excellency fight for justice for them as a deterrent of jungle justice by bringing the perpetrators to justice themselves? There are pictures circulating round the world now about this dastardliest act. Hence faces around them are identifiable and should be arrested for taking laws to their hands. The law of the land presently did not sanction jungle justice or decree death for homosexuals; but they could be arrested by lawful officers and jailed if found guilty by the court (which is also unjust and unwarranted over sex).
    Mary Slessor stood up for life for twin infants, Mr. Governor; I encourage you to stand up for the course of law, orderliness and justice and for lives of these victims of jungle justice and for the sexual minority in particular. God bless the Governor, God bless Imo State and God bless Nigeria.
    Signed: John Adewoye, [email protected]

  23. chika

    January 22, 2013 at 1:32 am

    wha is this country turning into, is 21st century ,striping someone naked cause he ‘s a gay, thank god am not in that caused country ,

  24. Danladi Imam

    March 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I wish to post a life story of an extrajudicial killing by Imo state CIB of a 26yrs old boy who was arrested in his fathers house and killed by police men in Imo State. I need to be guided on how to get a human right group from imo state to get justice for the old man who is not even aware that Police have killed his only son.

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