The mass arrest of more than 40 Nigerian men suspected by police of performing homosexual acts at a party in Lagos could hinder efforts to stem the spread of HIV in the country, a leading gay rights activist said on Monday. The men were arrested on Saturday afternoon at a private party in a Lagos hotel, where attendees were offered counselling and testing for the virus which causes AIDS, said Bisi Alimi, a Nigerian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist. A police spokesman told local media on Sunday that about 40 "suspected homosexuals were arrested", and said they would soon appear in court to face charges. The police and state government for Lagos were not immediately available to comment on the case.
July 31 / Thomson Reuters