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Vigilante group in Nigeria arrests 2 male relatives for allegedly having sex

Vigilante group in Nigeria arrests 2 male relatives for allegedly having sex

Two men were arrested by a vigilante group in the Delta State in southern Nigeria on Wednesday for allegedly engaging in homosexual acts.

Local news websites identified the men as Monday Ehikwe and his nephew Godwin Chukwueku Okwuoseh, and published a photograph of the two undergoing a cleansing ritual.

After the men were reportedly caught in the act in a building, they were handed over to the Okpala, the spiritual head of the district of Agbor-Alidinma who subsequently handed them over to the Chief Priest of a shrine to undergo a series of spiritual cleansing rituals.

Ehikwe and Okwuoseh were also ordered to pay a fine of N25,000 (US$126) each.

They are to return to the shrine in January with one native cow for a final traditional bath; and 36 native chalks, 50 cola nuts, two red cloths each and 20 tuber of yams for the final cleaning rites.

In 2014, Nigeria approved a law that provides for a 14-year prison sentence for homosexual acts.