STOP THE CALL ON LGBTQs TO LEAVE NIGERIA BY THE NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE.

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On the 22nd January, 2019, the Nigerian Police Force through its Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Nigeria, issued a threat that all LGBTQ persons in Nigeria should leave the Country or face the law. The call was anchored on the draconian provisions of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2014 which provides for imprisonment ranging from 10 to 14 years for gay marriage, gay clubs, registration of gay societies and advocacy for gay rights protections, including same sex amorous relationships.

The Police has been hiding under the cloak of this law to extort, harass and intimidate LGBTQ members of the Nigerian Society.

Despite the existence of Civil Cases in the Nigerian municipal courts (particularly case Number FHC/ABJ/CS/1060/2018 pending before Federal High Court Abuja) challenging the legality of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2014, a law that is found to be contrary to Sections 40 and 42 of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2011(As Amended) and which guarantees the right of citizenship to freedom of peaceful assembly and right to freedom from discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, religion, sex or political opinion. The law is liable to be declared null and void in the absence of any interference from the government.

The law is targeted at LGBTQ persons, promoting societal discrimination against them and endangering their lives! This must be stopped with immediate effect!!!