The house of representatives have tendered a bill seeking to jail the likes of Bobrisky, James Brown, Denrele among other Nigerian crossdressers.
The bill, sponsored by a member of the House of Representatives, Muda Lawal Umar, passed first reading on Tuesday, is seeking to Amend Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2013, to Prohibit Cross Dressing; and for Related Matters.
Most worrisome for them, the bill seeks to amend Section 4 of the Act by inserting a new Sub-clause 3 that reads, “(1) Cross—dressing done publicly is prohibited.
“(2) A person shall be deemed to have committed the offence publicly where it is published or displayed publicly notwithstanding that it was committed privately or in any place that would have ordinarily been described as private.
“Provided that this section of this Act shall not apply to cross dressing in the course of a stage play or in any bona ﬁde public entertainment.”
Particularly, the bill seeks to amend Section 5 of the Act by inserting a new Sub-clause 4 that reads:
“A person engaged in cross dressing is guilty of an offense and liable to imprisonment for six (6) months or to a ﬁne of ﬁve hundred thousand naira (N500,000).”