The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Juliette, wife of Onyeka Oguaghamba, holds a photo album of their wedding pictures at their home in Lagos, Nigeria, December 6, 2019. While he was detained, Juliette sent protection money to an inmate so he would be spared the beatings that he says many of the others he was arrested with were subjected to. "She suffered a lot to bail me out," Oguaghamba said. Aside from the money, there was the indignity of a policewoman at the station accusing Juliette of having a gay husband. "When I got back, we started having issues." Finally, relations improved after a family meeting was convened at which her elder sister acted as a mediator between the couple. "Because of the incident, it was very difficult for us," Juliette said. "There is no evidence. You can't just barge into a hotel and pick people," she said, her voice growing louder. "I know my husband very well. He doesn't play such games. This is 11 years of marriage," she said. "It makes me cry. It makes me angry because he lost a lot."