Police in Nigeria say they arrested 57 men over the weekend on suspicion of being gay as displays of same-s*x affection are banned in the West African country.
The police raided a hotel in the main commercial city of Lagos where dozens of people – mostly men – were attending a party.
Some fled during the mass arrests in the early hours of Sunday morning, but officers rounded up 57 people who they say are homos*xual.
Chike Godwin Oti, police spokesman in Lagos state, told the BBC that investigations were continuing and the suspects would be charged.
Homos*xual acts are punishable by up to 14 years in jail in Nigeria – such relationships were first outlawed under colonial rule in 1901.
Laws were tightened in 2014 when gay marriage and displays of same-s*x affection were also banned.
Since then the authorities have cracked down on people suspected of homos*xuality. However, arrests are infrequent as homos*xual people live in hiding.