Why Police Cannot Arrest Crossdressers in Nigeria

“We cannot arrest crossdressers in Nigeria when they don’t have any record of criminal offense”

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Nigerian Police Force, Muyiwa Adejobi, has addressed concerns surrounding the activities of crossdressers in the country.

Notable figures like Bobrisky, James Brown, and Jay Boogie have been at the center of this conversation.

Adejobi shed light on the complexities surrounding the prosecution of crossdressers, emphasizing that certain cases present significant challenges in terms of evidence.

Drawing parallels with other sensitive cases, he cited rape as an example, noting that the legal system demands multiple elements to be substantiated.

Failure to provide sufficient evidence on any front could potentially lead to the dismissal of a case in court.

Contrary to widespread beliefs, the PRO clarified that crossdressing itself is not illegal in Nigeria, at least to his knowledge

He emphasized that while there may be allegations against crossdressers, these accusations often hinge on ‘natural offences’.

To secure a conviction, the prosecution must present credible evidence to substantiate these claims.

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Netizens Reactions…

@YoungsonMatt queried: “Which evidence dem need again?. Those nonsense way dem Dey talk for live videos and podcasts, no reach for questioning.”

@Lion_Heart_OT said; “Baba was very careful in crafting his response codedly so that Nigerians will not come for him or the powerful people 😂😆.
All the videos Bob shared online with shis boyfriend, if not enough to arrest shim, it’s enough to invite shim for questioning. But here we are.”

@ThaGuru_ said: “Policemen will arrest young guys for wearing dreadlocks but can’t arrest cross dressers. Nigeria!!!!”

@Abazz asked: “So he is trying to say everybody can be cross dressers and nothing will happen?”

@Sim noted: “They’re not guilty until caught in the act. Unfortunately they travel outside Nigeria to do it and come back.”

The issue of crossdressing raises important questions about individual rights, diversity, and inclusivity in Nigerian society. As attitudes towards gender and sexuality evolve globally, there is a growing recognition of the need to respect and accommodate diverse expressions of identity. Adejobi’s acknowledgment of the legal framework surrounding crossdressing reflects a broader shift towards recognizing and upholding the rights of marginalized communities.

Addressing these systemic issues requires a multifaceted approach that involves legislative reform, public education, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights. Adejobi’s remarks serve as a reminder of the importance of ensuring that law enforcement agencies uphold the principles of equality and non-discrimination in their dealings with all members of society.

Muyiwa Adejobi’s comments on the inability of police to arrest crossdressers in Nigeria shed light on the legal complexities surrounding gender expression and individual rights. While crossdressing itself is not illegal, challenges remain in ensuring that individuals are able to express their gender identity freely without fear of discrimination or harassment. As Nigeria continues to grapple with these issues, it is imperative that law enforcement agencies uphold the rule of law and respect the rights of all citizens, regardless of their gender identity or expression.

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