A Nigerian woman has gone into hiding after holding a sumptuous wedding ceremony.

Aunty Maiduguri, 45, reportedly married four women at a ceremony in the city of Kano.

The multiple marriage was witnessed by 2,000 guests and was followed by two days of feasting.

Her neighbours, possibly irritated by the noisy revelry, informed local authorities.

Kano, a city of nearly four million people, is in Kano state, where Islamic law has been enforced since 2000.

“As defenders of Sharia law, we shall not allow this unhealthy development to take place,” the deputy commander of the state Islamic police, told ThisDay newspaper.

“We are investigating the matter with a view to find the culprits and punish them.”

Homosexuality is illegal throughout Nigeria.

Earlier this year the federal government introduced legislation referred to as the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act.

If it had passed, the law would have created criminal penalties for engaging in same-sex marriages or relationships and for advocating for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

However, the bill failed to become law, and elections last weekend have installed a new federal Parliament.

It is unclear if the anti-gay legislation will be revived.