"Why we can't arrest Bobrisky": Police finally open up

2024-04-02 22:42:54

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FCT, Abuja - The Nigeria Police Force has explained that Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobdrisky, and other crossdressers cannot be arrested because Nigeria's constitution did not prohibit crossdressing.

Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the spokesperson of the police, made the clarification while speaking on Channels Television's "Politics Today" on Tuesday, April 2.

According to the police boss, there is no part of the Nigerian law that prohibits crossdressing in Nigeria, and crossdressers can only be arrested when they are caught in an illegal act.

Olumuyiwa's comment comes at a time when some Nigerians question the moral stance of Bobrisky, who was recently named the best female dressed at a movie premier by Eniola Ajao.

He agreed with the fact that Nigerian law frowned and prohibited same-sex marriage and the act of homosexuality but noted that no one can be prosecuted except if they are caught in the act.

The police spokesperson said there must be convincing evidence to arrest and prosecute crossdressers, such as Bobrisky and that they cannot be charged to court based on mere allegation.

Olumuyiwa said:

"There are some cases that are always very difficult to prove. I am not denying the fact that we have many of them. For instance, if you want to prove the case of rape and you have points to prove, if any of those points is missing, you will lose your case in court."

He went further to say:

"For those who are into crossdressing, the allegation is that they are into something else. That is where the problem lies. We need to have enough credible evidence to prove they are actually into that. All those offences are natural offences in Nigerian, and they are punishable under our laws."

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