BREAKING: Reps Introduces 6-month Jail Term For Crossdressing In Nigeria

BREAKING: Reps Introduces 6-month Jail Term For Crossdressing In Nigeria

The Federal House of Representatives has introduced an amendment to the Same Sex Prohibition Act with a view to prohibiting crossdressing.Information Guide Nigeria

According to LEADERSHIP, the member representing Toro federal constituency of Bauchi State, Hon. Muda Umar who sponsored the bill seeks to amend sections 4 and 5 of the principal Act.

LEADERSHIP reports that the bill exempts the use of crossdressing for stage acts and other means of entertainment while clause two of the bill seeks to alter section 4 by inserting a new subsection 3.

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This clearly states that popular Nigerian crossdressers like Okuneye Olanrewaju, who is popularly known as Bobrisky and James Brown could be affected by the bill, if passed into law.

The 2013 Same-Sex Prohibition Bill which was read yesterday for the first time on the floor was signed into law on January 17, 2014 by former President Goodluck Jonathan despite opposition from the international community, particularly the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK).

As reported by LEADERSHIP, the then US Secretary of State, John Kerry, had said the law “dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association and expression for all Nigerians.”Jamb Result

LEADERSHIP reports that the existing Act prescribes 14 years in imprisonment for same-sex marriage and 10 years imprisonment for aiding and abetting the act.

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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