Mob brutally attacks gay men in Nigeria, dragging them from their homes
TW: Anti-gay violence
Last week, a mob of about 50 men in Nigeria dragged more than a dozen gay men from their homes in the night and brutally assaulted them.
According to activists and a witness, the mob beat the men “with nail-studded clubs and whips, shouting that they were ‘cleansing the community’ of gays.” Some of the victims were dragged to a nearby police station, where police reportedly further beat them and verbally assaulted them. Some of their homes were tagged with anti-gay graffiti as well.
The attack came in the wake of a new law signed by President Goodluck Jonathan prescribing prison sentences of up to 14 years for gay people. There have been recent episodes of similar mob violence in the Muslim-dominated north of Nigeria.
In Abuja, the witness and the activists said, some in the mob were shouting, “We are working for Jonathan!”
About 14 young men were assaulted, the activists said, and no members of the mob were arrested.
Absolutely terrifying. I don’t even know what to say.