By Wole Adeboye
Mr. Charles Odionrabho Iyere has appealed to the government of United Kingdom to save him from his family members in Nigeria who are bent in prosecuting him for being a bisexual.
The victim who is the only son of late Isaac and Lucy Iyere ran away from his extended family members, because they are envious of arrays of investment bequeathed to him by his parents.
Iyere disclosed that he was a media practitioner before his parents pass away and left their properties for him to inherit, but when his extended family members noticed that he’s bisexual, they reported him to the police in order to take over the properties from him.
“My uncles are after me, once they noticed that I am a bisexual they were against me by reporting me to the appropriate authority, because in Nigeria it is prohibited for one to be bisexual. The jail term is 14 years imprisonment with hard labour.
“In the heat of the persecution from uncles, I applied for United Kingdom visa and I was granted six months in January, 2011. I was scared that at the expiration of the visa, I wouldn’t be able to return to Nigeria for fear of being arrested and prosecuted by the police.”
He further said: I was afraid of returning to my country because Nigeria government prohibits male and female same sexual activity and the maximum punishment for such a person in some northern states that adopted Sharia law in Nigeria is stoning such a person to death.
Meanwhile, in the Southern Nigeria, the maximum punishment for same-sex activity is 14 years’ imprisonment. The Same-Sex Prohibition Acts Criminalises all forms of such unions and marriage in Nigeria.