A federal court in Lagos Tuesday struck out charges of homosexuality filed against 47 persons in November last year. 

Rilwan Aikawa, a judge in the Federal High Court, has struck out the charges against the defendants, citing lack of diligent prosecution by the police. The men were arrested in a police raid on a Lagos hotel in 2018, after officers claimed they were being “initiated into a gay club”, but the defendants said they were just attending a birthday party. 

Same-sex activity is illegal in Nigeria and carries a 14-year jail sentence. In 2014, former president Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill criminalising same-sex relationships, which prompted an international outcry.

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