Nigerian police confirmed that 53 men, who were part of wedding celebrations for a gay marriage, were arrested on Saturday.
Police charged the men with “belonging to a gang of unlawful society”, as well as conspiracy and unlawful assembly.
The prosecuting officer, Mannir Nasir, on Wednesday told a court that the suspects in custody were attending a party in the northern city of Zaria to celebrate the union of two men.
Marriage between same-sex couples is not allowed under Nigerian law, although some couples do choose to conduct informal ceremonies.
The men, who pled not guilty to the charges, were granted bail, and are expected to back in court on May 8.