Same-sex Marriage Is unlawful In Nigeria – Police Warns

Same-sex Marriage Is unlawful In Nigeria – Police Warns

The Police Force Headquarters in Abuja has announced the illegality and prohibition of same-sex marriage in Nigeria, citing Sections 214 to 217 of the Criminal Code.

As a result, the police headquarters has cautioned that individuals involved in such illicit activities within the country would be subject to legal consequences.

The Nigeria Police Force responded to recent social media trends by addressing the legal dimensions of unnatural offences and same-sex marriage.

The statement from the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Muyiwa Adejobi, emphasized the strict prohibition of same-sex marriage in Nigeria, as stipulated by the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act of 2014.

The statement highlighted the legal aspects concerning unnatural offences and same-sex marriage under the Nigerian Criminal Code Act applicable in southern states and Section 284 of the Nigerian Penal Code applicable in the northern part of the country.

The declaration stressed that same-sex marriage is strictly prohibited in Nigeria, with the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act of 2014 criminalising the solemnization, operation, and public display of such marriages.

The statement reads: “It is imperative to note that same-sex marriage is strictly prohibited in Nigeria. The Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act of 2014 criminalises the solemnization, operation, and public display of same-sex marriages.

“Following a recent trend on social media where some individuals who identify as queer were visibly encouraging and associating themselves with activities perceived to be unnatural in light of Nigerian laws, the Nigeria Police Force hereby wishes to enlighten the public on the legal aspects concerning unnatural offences and same-sex marriage within the country.

“By the Nigerian Criminal Code Act applicable in the Southern States, unnatural offences are prohibited under Sections 214 to 217.

“These sections specifically criminalize acts considered unnatural, such as having carnal knowledge of a person or permitting a person to have carnal knowledge of one against the order of nature or having carnal knowledge of an animal, and those found guilty may face legal consequences as outlined by the law.

“This is re-echoed by Section 284 of the Nigerian Penal Code applicable in the northern part of the country. Similarly, it is imperative to note that same-sex marriage is strictly prohibited in Nigeria.

“The Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act of 2014 criminalises the solemnization, operation, and public display of same-sex marriages.

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