100 LGBTQ People Were Arrested After Police Raided A Birthday Party in Nigeria

LGBTQ people in Nigeria are terrified at the moment after a recent and major police raid.

Nigerian police crashed a private birthday party and arrested over 100 LGBTQ people who participated.

Around 11:45 p.m. on Saturday (June 9) night, police officers showed up at a private birthday party that was being held at the Delta Park Hotel in Delta State, Nigeria.

As GayStarNews reports, party goers started to barricade themselves in when they noticed that the police were surrounding the building. Then around 1 a.m., the police entered the hotel and started arresting people.

As anonymous eye witness says that most of the LGBTQ people in attendance were beaten by police.

While homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria (and has been since 2014), there is no law banning groups of LGBTQ people from gathering in one place.

That said, over 100 LGBTQ people were arrested by the police during the birthday party raid. In addition, the police specifically focused on masculine women and feminine men.

We’ll keep you updated as more information comes in.

h/t: GayStarNews

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