Seventy-six people were arrested in Gombe state over the weekend for attending a gay wedding.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) raided a birthday party being held in a “relaxation spot” in Gombe, the capital of Gombe State in northern Nigeria.
“We apprehended 76 suspected homosexuals… while holding a birthday party organized by one of them who was due to wed his male bride at the event,” said NSCDC spokesperson Buhari Saad.
Saad said that one of the suspected grooms was arrested while the other fled with other guests. Of the 59 men and 17 women arrested, 21 of the men “willfully confess[ed] being gay,” according to Saad.
Saad did not say whether those arrested on Saturday would be charged under Sharia law. “We will charge them to court to answer for their actions once an investigation is concluded,” he said.