Nigeria Police Speak Out on Cross-Dressing, Legal Gray Area and LGBTQ Rights

by Adeola Adeyeye
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In a recent interview on Channels TV, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a police spokesperson, addressed the issue of cross-dressing in Nigeria, shedding light on the legal complexities surrounding the matter.

The discussion arose when the host queried why individuals like Bobrisky, a prominent cross-dresser, remain untouched by law enforcement. Adejobi clarified that the lack of arrests stems from the legal ambiguity surrounding cross-dressing in Nigeria.

According to Adejobi, while cross-dressing itself isn’t a punishable offense, being queer is deemed illegal under Nigerian law. He emphasized the importance of concrete evidence, stating that without proof linking cross-dressers to the LGBTQ community, prosecution becomes unfeasible.

Highlighting the precarious legal terrain, Adejobi cautioned against initiating court proceedings without substantial evidence, as it could result in unfavorable outcomes due to insufficient proof.

This revelation echoes previous incidents involving well-known figures in Nigeria’s cross-dressing community. James Brown, who openly identifies as a cross-dresser, disclosed in 2023 his lucrative earnings from social media. He revealed charging between 800,000 to 1 million Naira per Instagram post, citing his extensive follower base across platforms.

Similarly, Bobrisky faced backlash in March 2024 for his cross-dressing lifestyle. Responding on Instagram, he defended his choices, asserting the right to individual autonomy.

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