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Society: 3 suspected homosexuals face prison terms over Valentine Day's tryst

Three suspected homosexuals who were allegedly caught in the act on Valentine's Day last Friday and charged to court each faces 10 years in jail under Nigeria's new tough anti-gay law, if convicted.

The suspects were identified as Oluwasegun Adesina-Rasheed, 64; Samad Ojo, 20, and Ope Abeeb, 18.

According to local media reports on Tuesday, a Chief Magistrate court in the South-west city of Abeokuta ordered the men to be remanded in prison custody, after they pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy and homosexuality, and adjourned the case to 24 Feb.

Police prosecutor Banji Sangotokun told the court that the three men engaged in the indecent practice in Adesina-Rasheed's vehicle.

Under Nigeria's controversial anti-gay law, which came into effect last month, persons who engage in same-sex marriage will each be liable to 14 years in prison, while anyone who directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex relationships will be jailed 10 years.

The law has been widely criticised by international human rights bodies and Western nations, but Nigeria has shrugged off the criticisms.

Pana 18/02/2014