He spent a night in lock up where he says he was "beaten with a stick, hammer and plywood"."There was a hall in the police station premises and they gathered us and stripped us and said we should sleep on the floor."About 70 people were arrested that night, but according to Akin about 30 men were able to pay between and for police to let them out.
Bisi Alimi was the first gay man in Nigeria to come out on national television, later seeking asylum in England.
He says that had local media not found out about the arrest the police would have been paid off and "the boys would be home"."These are poor gay men.
For 23-year-old Femi*, a night out celebrating a birthday with friends ended with a month and two days in jail because of his sexuality.
In late July, Femi and his friends were among 40 gay men and boys, some as young as 13, who were arrested at a gay nightspot in a hotel in the back blocks of Nigeria's economic capital, Lagos.
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They were charged with engaging in "gay activities" by allowing other men "to have carnal knowledge of themselves against the order of nature".