Nigeria: 4 men appear in Islamic court on sodomy charges
Four men have appeared in an Islamic court charged with committing same-sex sexual activity in northern Nigeria.
The Punch reports the men were arrested in Gumau Town, Bauchi, on 8 May.
Prosecutor Abubakar Garba said the men were charged with breaking Section 126 and 133 of Bauchi’s Sharia penal code regarding sodomy.
Three of the men pleaded guilty, however a fourth man pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Proceedings were adjourned until 26 June.
Predominantly Muslim states in Nigeria introduced Sharia law, a legal system based on Islamic theory and philosophy of justice, in 2000.
It sanctions severe physical penalties for violating its code.