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Nigerian Police Say There Is Insufficient Proof To Arrest Well-Known Crossdresser Bobrisky For Engaging In Same-Sex Activities

April 4, 2024

 

The Nigeria Police Force has stated that it lacks enough evidence to arrest crossdressers, including Okuneye Idris Olanrewaju, popularly known as Bobrisky.

This was stated by the Force Spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi while speaking on a Channels TV programme on Tuesday, saying that crossdressers cannot be arrested by the police because they have not breached any laws in the country.

In recent times, Nigerians, particularly on social media have been calling for Bobrisky’s arrest, especially after he was controversially awarded the Best Dressed Female at a Nollywood event.

 

Reacting to these calls, the police spokesman alleged that cross-dressing is not yet a punishable offence in Nigeria.

 

He further noted that, while there may be charges that those who cross-dress are also members of the LGBTQ community, there is no concrete evidence to back it up, thus they cannot take them to court.

 

 

 

He said, “There are some cases that are always very difficult to prove. I’m not ruling out that we have many of them. Let us be reasonable, you can’t have someone you want to prosecute without having credible evidences against them. I have not read anywhere where crossdressing is an offence in Nigeria.

 

“Some of them that are into crossdressing, the allegation is that they are into something else. That’s where the problem lies. We need to have enough proof, credible evidence to prove that they are actually into that. All those offences are natural offences in Nigeria and they are punishable under our laws.”

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