A “lesbian couple” will be charged in Kano

The Islamic police forces in the northern Nigerian city of Kano have told the media that they will be charging two women for organising an illegal marriage.

The Hisbah stated that the gathering planned by the alleged lesbian couple was considered immoral. The women are in police custody and were arrested Monday with 10 of their guests and the owner of the place where the ceremony was held.

It was to take place in the outskirts of Sabon Gari, an area reserved for non-Muslim residents of the bustling shopping centre of the city.

Sharia, or Islamic law, was introduced in Kano in 2000 and applies only to Muslims living in Kano. The Hisbah says that she is accusing the couple and their guests under the immoral acts of Sharia law.

Under federal law, homosexual acts are punishable by up to 14 years in prison, while homosexual marriage and displays of homosexual affection are also prohibited.

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