Less than 24 hours following the arrest of more than 150 individuals suspected of being involved in a same-sex wedding in Delta State, the Delta State Police Command’s spokesperson, DSP Bright Edafe, has clarified that popular crossdressers Bobrisky and James Brown cannot be arrested, as crossdressing itself is not deemed illegal within Nigeria.
DSP Edafe provided this clarification in response to a comment on Twitter made by the controversial socialite, Daniel Regha. In his tweet, Regha questioned the police’s inaction toward other crossdressers like Bobrisky and James Brown, who serve as mentors to the apprehended suspects.
The police command had announced on August 29, 2023, that several individuals had been paraded as suspects arrested at a same-sex wedding held at a hotel in Warri.
Regha expressed condemnation for the arrest of the suspects and commented, “Bobrisky, James Brown, Eni, and others who champion cross-dressing are still walking free. Until these people are prosecuted, many will continue to emulate. Arresting 100 cross-dressers in Delta is one thing, but why ignore their mentors? The police should make an example of them.”
In response to Regha’s tweet, DSP Edafe clarified, “Daniel, ensure your information is accurate. The arrests were not made based on cross-dressing; they were apprehended for organizing and participating in a gay wedding ceremony. Please refer me to the specific legal provision that outlines penalties for cross-dressing or categorizes it as an offense.”
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