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Gay Nigerian Christian Lay Preacher Seeking Refuge in UK Arrested and Incarcerated


Detention is totally unjustified and is an act of cruel vindictivenes by the Home Office” – Tatchell

UPDATE:  Gay Nigerian Davis Mac-Iyalla Freed


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Davis Mac-Iyalla

LONDON, July 4, 2008  –  Davis Mac-Iyalla, a leader of Changing Attitude Nigeria, the gay Christian and gay rights movement in Nigeria, has been arrested on the eve of Pride London.

He was due to speak from the main stage in Trafalgar Square tomorrow afternoon.

Mac-Iyalla has been incarcerated in Oakington asylum detention centre in Cambridgeshire.

Last month, he fled Nigeria in fear of his life and sought refuge in the UK.

“His detention is totally unjustified and is an act of cruel vindictivenes by the Home Office,” Peter Tatchell of Outrage! said this afternoon.

“The Labour government’s claim that it supports gay rights cannot be taken seriously when it incarcerates a victim of homophobic persecution.

“It is treating Davis like a common criminal,” he insisted.


Gay Nigerian Davis Mac-Iyalla Freed.  The gay Nigerian Christian lay preacher Davis Mac-Iyalla has been freed by the UK Home Office, Peter Tatchell reports. (UK Gay News, July 4, 2008)

Gay Nigeria Christian Leader Narrowly Escapes Death in Brutal Attack.  A shocking story of mob violence has emerged which almost culminated in the death of one of the leaders of the Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) group in Port Harcourt. (UK Gay News, March 21, 2008)

Protect Davis, Gay English Church Group Pleads to Nigerian Archbishop.  By Colin Coward.  Davis Mac-Iyalla, Director of Changing Attitude Nigeria, has been the subject of further intimidation last week.  He was visited, when absent from his place of work, by two men who were identified as Nigerians.  (UK Gay News, March 6, 2007)

Christian Gay Group Meets Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola.  Davis Mac-Iyalla, director of the Christian gay group Changing Attitude Nigeria, briefly met Archbishop Peter Akinola, Primate of All Nigeria, today. (UK Gay News, February 14, 2007)

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Posted: 4 July 2008 at 17:00 (UK time)


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