Man laments persecution, threats to life over homosexual practices

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Scarred stiff by being haunted by police personnel in Nigeria over his self-professed homosexual practice, a 16-year old, Mr Muoghali Ebuka, has cried out for help.

In a telephone chat with our correspondent, Ebuka said he ran out of luck sometime in March 2015 when policemen caught him red-handed having fun with his male partner, one Nonso Okpara, in Onitsha, Anambra State.

“Since then, the police have been on the look-out for me, to arrest and arraign me and my lover in caught, though I managed to escape,” he recalled.

In Nigerian, homosexual practice attracts a 14-year jail term with no option of fine.

Ebuka noted that his ordeal did not just start with the Onitsha experience.

“In my village named Limuoji in Idemili Local Government area of Anambra State, I was at a tender age involved in gay practice.

“I have been humiliated, persecuted and isolated following an incident in which my sex mate, Ifeanyi Ubah and I were caught in the act by the village’s vigilance group.

“The vigilantes subsequently tried us, found us guilty and caused the community to rail at us at the market square.

“They immediately after, banished us from the community, forcing me to flee to Onitsha, where I later suffered my current fate,” Ebuka narrated.

He seeks the assistance of the international community and requisite rights groups, with a view to assisting him in getting asylum in Europe, as his life is in danger in his African continent, especially in Nigeria, his home country.