No Nigeria amnesty guarantees for gay dating app victims

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08/04/2022

Police in Nigeria have urged victims of a same-sex dating app scam to come forward to give evidence. But they have refused to offer them the assurance of an amnesty in a country that criminalises gay relationships. People can face up to 10 years in jail for being part of anything considered a gay social club or group – and up to 14 years if in a same-sex relationship. On Sunday, six people were arrested for allegedly blackmailing those who signed up to the gay dating app. Its name has not been made public by the police in the central state of Nasarawa, which is investigating the case.

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