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Nigerian Police warns against same-sex marriage following social media trend

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A recent social media trend, originating from an international meme format known as the “Of course” trend, has caught the attention of the Nigerian Police Force.

The trend, which initially involved mentioning one’s career and adding “of course” to certain expectations, took a different turn in the Nigerian context, with participants openly discussing their sexual orientations.

In response, the Police Force Headquarters has issued a stern warning that anyone found engaging in homosexuality and same-sex marriage will be arrested and prosecuted.

The Police headquarters emphasized that same-sex marriage is deemed illegal and prohibited under Sections 214 to 217 of the Criminal Code.

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

In a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Muyiwa Adejobi, the police made it clear that the directive to arrest culprits engaging in unlawful acts is in response to the recent social media fad.

Individuals identifying as queer were seen openly discussing activities perceived as unnatural in the context of Nigerian laws.

Adejobi stated, “It is imperative to note that same-sex marriage is strictly prohibited in Nigeria.

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

He further highlighted the legal aspects concerning unnatural offences and same-sex marriage in the country, citing the Nigerian Criminal Code Act applicable in the Southern states and the Nigerian Penal Code applicable in the Northern part.

Both legal frameworks prohibit acts considered unnatural, with legal consequences outlined for those found guilty.

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The Police Force underscored the importance of understanding and adhering to these laws, emphasizing that any violation would lead to legal consequences through due legal processes.


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