by CHRIS LANGUM
A group of anti-gay Nigerians in Abuja, Nigeria took fourteen men accused of being gay from their homes and savagely beat them with clubs, whips, and iron bars.
A witness and some Nigerian activists stated that after beating them, the mob then pulled four of the accused men to a police station. But instead of attempting to break up the mob, the police officers just continued to beat the victims. No one who was in the mob was arrested, and after the violence subsided the mob went back to the victims homes and vandalized them with phrases like “Homosexuals, pack and leave.”
According to the New York Times, some of the members in the mob were yelling “We are working for Jonathan!” The mob was referring to their President, Goodluck Jonathan, who recently signed a law to put gay men and women in prison with sentences extending up to fourteen years.
Human rights activist Ifeanyi Orazulike and the Huffington Post claim all the victims of the attacks have gone into hiding.
The police of Abuja will address the attacks early Thursday morning, but nothing official has yet been said by members of the Nigerian government.
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