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Six Nigerians arrested over same-sex website scam

Six Nigerians arrested over same-sex website scam
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Police in the central Nigerian state of Nassarawa has arrested six people on suspicion of operating a fraudulent dating site for same-sex couples.

The BBC reports the suspects are said to have used the site to persuade their victims before robbing them.

The six were arrested following a complaint by a victim who alleged that his nude photos were taken, with a threat to publish them on social media if he did not give them money.

The incident was reported in Masaka, in Karu local government area, bordering the capital Abuja.

According to State police spokesman Ramhan Nansel, the suspects - four men and two women - allegedly posted pictures of would-be same-sex seekers and invited interested individuals for arranged dates through a match-making process.

They would then defraud the victims or forcefully take away their belongings and blackmail them into silence.

The police said the suspects would be charged after investigations have been concluded.

Nigeria criminalises same-sex relationships, imposing up to 14-year jail term for offenders.

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