3 months in Nigerian jail for mistaken gay sex, or rape?

Published: September 18, 2012

Little-known Nigerian actor Bestwood Chukwuemeka was sentenced today to three months in prison for homosexual sex.

However, news coverage of his case by Premium Times, Igboist, Identity Kenya and others  contain apparent contradictions that remain unexplained.

When Chukwuemeka, 28, was arrested in August, 9jaLife and other online news outlets reported that he was accused rape.   But instead he was charged with violating Section 284 of the Penal Code for Northern Nigeria, which provides for up to 14 years in prison for homosexual activity.

Police said he had anal sexual intercourse with a man who was asleep in his bed.  In August, Chukwuemeka pleaded not guilty, saying he was drunk at the time and thought the man was his girlfriend.

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