ARRESTED: Homosexuality is still illegal in Nigeria
53 PEOPLE have been charged in northern Nigeria's Kaduna state with "conspiring" to celebrate a gay wedding at a motel, the local Premium Times newspaper reports.
The group pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, unlawful assembly and belonging to an unlawful society during a court appearance in Chediya-Zaria.
According to the newspaper, defence lawyer Yunusa Umar said most of the accused were students and had been illegally detained for more than 24 hours.
The magistrate released them on bail and the case was remanded to 8 May.