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A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Eighteen months ago, dozens of men were rounded up and paraded before the press in a video that went viral. They still await trial, but Nigerian society has already punished them. These are their stories.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
Chris Agiriga, 23, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Chris Agiriga, 23, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, poses for a photograph at his home in Lagos, Nigeria, February 14, 2020. Agiriga now lives in a safe house for men in Lagos. He says he lost his job as a community outreach worker with an HIV charity after his arrest. "I called my director. He saw what happened on TV. He said he couldn't employ me because it brings shame," Agiriga said. Before the raid, Agiriga wanted to pursue a career as a fashion designer. But he dropped out of his fashion course after losing the job that funded his studies. Agiriga now works as an HIV counsellor for a nonprofit group. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
Some of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Some of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex stand beside the gate of the Federal High Court in Lagos, Nigeria, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
A doorway of the Kelly Ann Hotel, the scene of an August 2018 police raid in which 57 men were arrested...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
A doorway of the Kelly Ann Hotel, the scene of an August 2018 police raid in which 57 men were arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, in Lagos, Nigeria, February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
A man stands in a doorway of the Kelly Ann Hotel, the scene of an August 2018 police raid in which 57...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
A man stands in a doorway of the Kelly Ann Hotel, the scene of an August 2018 police raid in which 57 men were arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, in Lagos, Nigeria, February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
Onyeka Oguaghamba, 42, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Onyeka Oguaghamba, 42, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, assists his son with his homework at their home in Lagos, Nigeria, February 11, 2020. Oguaghamba says he was sleeping outside the hotel in car at the time of the raid and was caught up in the arrests. After two weeks in police detention, he was fired as a bookkeeper with the Nigeria Union Of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers. While he was in police detention, Oguaghamba said, his four boys were told their father had been on television. "I felt so bad, although they didn't understand what gay means," he said. "They asked me - why police arrested me and they were showing me on television. I explained to them that the police can arrest anybody at any time." REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
Juliette, wife of Onyeka Oguaghamba, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Juliette, wife of Onyeka Oguaghamba, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, holds a photo-album of their wedding pictures at their home in Lagos, Nigeria, December 6, 2019. Oguaghamba says he was sleeping outside the hotel in car at the time of the raid and was caught up in the arrests. After two weeks in police detention, he was fired as a bookkeeper with the Nigeria Union Of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers. While he was in police detention, Oguaghamba said, his four boys were told their father had been on television. "I felt so bad, although they didn't understand what gay means," he said. "They asked me - why police arrested me and they were showing me on television. I explained to them that the police can arrest anybody at any time." REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
A woman and child rest on the floor of the Kelly Ann Hotel, the scene of an August 2018 police raid in...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
A woman and child rest on the floor of the Kelly Ann Hotel, the scene of an August 2018 police raid in which 57 men were arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, in Lagos, Nigeria, February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
A gay couple pose for a photograph at a club in Lagos, Nigeria, October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
A gay couple pose for a photograph at a club in Lagos, Nigeria, October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
Chris Agiriga (L), 23, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Chris Agiriga (L), 23, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, spends time with a friend at a local bar in Lagos, Nigeria, February 14, 2020. Agiriga now lives in a safe house for men in Lagos. He says he lost his job as a community outreach worker with an HIV charity after his arrest. "I called my director. He saw what happened on TV. He said he couldn't employ me because it brings shame," Agiriga said. Before the raid, Agiriga wanted to pursue a career as a fashion designer. But he dropped out of his fashion course after losing the job that funded his studies. Agiriga now works as an HIV counsellor for a nonprofit group. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
Chris Agiriga, 23, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Chris Agiriga, 23, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, walks with a friend on the streets of Mushin in Lagos, Nigeria, February 14, 2020. Agiriga now lives in a safe house for men in Lagos. He says he lost his job as a community outreach worker with an HIV charity after his arrest. "I called my director. He saw what happened on TV. He said he couldn't employ me because it brings shame," Agiriga said. Before the raid, Agiriga wanted to pursue a career as a fashion designer. But he dropped out of his fashion course after losing the job that funded his studies. Agiriga now works as an HIV counsellor for a nonprofit group. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
RTS33CLY
February 24, 2020
Chris Agiriga, 23, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Chris Agiriga, 23, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, sits in a minibus with a friend in Lagos, Nigeria, February 14, 2020. Agiriga now lives in a safe house for men in Lagos. He says he lost his job as a community outreach worker with an HIV charity after his arrest. "I called my director. He saw what happened on TV. He said he couldn't employ me because it brings shame," Agiriga said. Before the raid, Agiriga wanted to pursue a career as a fashion designer. But he dropped out of his fashion course after losing the job that funded his studies. Agiriga now works as an HIV counsellor for a nonprofit group. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
Chris Agiriga, 23, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Chris Agiriga, 23, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, uses a sewing machine at his home in Lagos, Nigeria, February 14, 2020. Agiriga now lives in a safe house for men in Lagos. He says he lost his job as a community outreach worker with an HIV charity after his arrest. "I called my director. He saw what happened on TV. He said he couldn't employ me because it brings shame," Agiriga said. Before the raid, Agiriga wanted to pursue a career as a fashion designer. But he dropped out of his fashion course after losing the job that funded his studies. Agiriga now works as an HIV counsellor for a nonprofit group. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
Chris Agiriga, 23, an HIV counsellor, who is one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Chris Agiriga, 23, an HIV counsellor, who is one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, takes a blood sample of a patient during an HIV-testing procedure in Lagos, Nigeria, February 15, 2020. Agiriga now lives in a safe house for men in Lagos. He says he lost his job as a community outreach worker with an HIV charity after his arrest. "I called my director. He saw what happened on TV. He said he couldn't employ me because it brings shame," Agiriga said. Before the raid, Agiriga wanted to pursue a career as a fashion designer. But he dropped out of his fashion course after losing the job that funded his studies. Agiriga now works as an HIV counsellor for a nonprofit group. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
Smart Joel, 25, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Smart Joel, 25, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, poses for a photograph in his bedroom at his home in Lagos, Nigeria, February 18, 2020. "I'm always scared," he said, recounting an attack that took place last year in which a group of men called him out as the "gay guy who was arrested" and stole his phone, money and wristwatch. "It has not been easy," he said. "At some point I had to move on, not minding the stigma, the discrimination and the dirty language." REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
RTS33CM6
February 24, 2020
Smart Joel, 25, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Smart Joel, 25, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, poses for a photograph in his bedroom at his home in Lagos, Nigeria, February 18, 2020. "I'm always scared," he said, recounting an attack that took place last year in which a group of men called him out as the "gay guy who was arrested" and stole his phone, money and wristwatch. "It has not been easy," he said. "At some point I had to move on, not minding the stigma, the discrimination and the dirty language." REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
RTS33CMH
February 24, 2020
Smart Joel, 25, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Smart Joel, 25, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, leans against the railings on the balcony at his home in Lagos, Nigeria November 21, 2019. "I'm always scared," he said, recounting an attack that took place last year in which a group of men called him out as the "gay guy who was arrested" and stole his phone, money and wristwatch. "It has not been easy," he said. "At some point I had to move on, not minding the stigma, the discrimination and the dirty language." REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
RTS33CLV
February 24, 2020
James Burutu, 25, who was celebrating his birthday when 57 Nigerian men were arrested on charges of public...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
James Burutu, 25, who was celebrating his birthday when 57 Nigerian men were arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, smokes a cigarette in a local bar in Lagos, Nigeria, February 15, 2020. Burutu wasn't among those seized by police. He was still preparing for the party in a hotel room with friends when the raid took place. But even though he wasn't arrested, the raid also changed his life. He says he has been ostracised by relatives. "So many of my family members don't want to see me because of this issue," he said. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
RTS33CLU
February 24, 2020
James Burutu (C), 25, who was celebrating his birthday when 57 Nigerian men were arrested on charges...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
James Burutu (C), 25, who was celebrating his birthday when 57 Nigerian men were arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, spends time with Chris Agiriga (L), 23, one of the men arrested at the party, at a local bar in Lagos, Nigeria, February 15, 2020. Burutu wasn't among those seized by police. He was still preparing for the party in a hotel room with friends when the raid took place. But even though he wasn't arrested, the raid also changed his life. He says he has been ostracised by relatives. "So many of my family members don't want to see me because of this issue," he said. Burutu and Agiriga became friends after the raid. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
A barrister walks past the statue of Lady Justice standing in front of the Federal High Court in Lagos,...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
A barrister walks past the statue of Lady Justice standing in front of the Federal High Court in Lagos, Nigeria, February 18, 2020. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
Onyeka Oguaghamba, 42, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Onyeka Oguaghamba, 42, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, arranges food at his wife's stall at a market in Lagos, Nigeria, February 11, 2020. Oguaghamba says he was sleeping outside the hotel in car at the time of the raid and was caught up in the arrests. After two weeks in police detention, he was fired as a bookkeeper with the Nigeria Union Of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers. Oguaghamba now relies on his wife's sales of fruit and vegetables at markets to sustain the household. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
Sons of Onyeka Oguaghamba, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Sons of Onyeka Oguaghamba, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, walk to school in Lagos, Nigeria, February 11, 2020. Oguaghamba says he was sleeping outside the hotel in car at the time of the raid and was caught up in the arrests. While he was in police detention, Oguaghamba said, his four boys were told their father had been on television. "I felt so bad, although they didn't understand what gay means," he said. "They asked me - why police arrested me and they were showing me on television. I explained to them that the police can arrest anybody at any time." REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
NIGERIA-LGBT/CRIME
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February 24, 2020
Pressed clothes sit on a pressing table in the home of Smart Joel, one of the Nigerian men arrested on...
Lagos, Nigeria
The Wider Image: A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Pressed clothes sit on a pressing table in the home of Smart Joel, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, in Lagos, Nigeria, November 21, 2019. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja SEARCH "NIGERIA LGBT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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