"Why We Can't Arrest Bobrisky": Police Finally Open Up

"Why We Can't Arrest Bobrisky": Police Finally Open Up

  • The police have said they cannot arrest Bobrisky and other crossdressers in Nigeria because there is yet to be credible evidence that they have committed any crime
  • Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the police spokesperson, likened the situation to proving a rape case in court: if any one of the required pieces of evidence is missing, the prosecutor will lose the case
  • Adejobi maintained that Nigerian law did not prohibit crossdressing and the allegation that crossdressers in Nigeria are into something else must be proven with credible evidence

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

Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the police spokesperson, said crossdressers can only be arrested when they are caught in an illegal act.

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The Nigerian police shares its take on prosecuting Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky
The Nigerian police gives reason Bobrisky and other crossdressers couldn't be taken to court. Photo Credit: Nigeria Police Force, Bobrisky
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He made the clarification while speaking on Channels Television's "Politics Today" on Tuesday, April 2.

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Olumuyiwa's comment came amid questions from some Nigerians regarding the moral stance of Bobrisky, who was recently named the best dressed female at a movie premiere by Eniola Ajao.

The police spokesperson said while the Nigerian law prohibits same-sex marriage and homosexuality, no one can be prosecuted except they are caught in the act.

He further emphasized that there must be convincing evidence to justify the arrest and prosecution of crossdressers like Bobrisky, stating that they cannot be charged to court solely based on mere allegations.

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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."

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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."

Below is the video of the interview:

Who should investigate between police and military?

Legit.ng earlier reported that the police was urged to step into the investigation of the killings of the 17 soldiers in the Okuama community of Delta state.

In an interview with Legit.ng, Barrister Titilope Anifowoshe stated that the police are responsible for investigating, arresting and prosecuting suspects.

Anifowoshe's comment followed calls that the military should withdraw from investigating the killings.

Source: Legit.ng

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