Top human rights campaigner and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Festus Keyamo, has weighed in on the arrest of controversial Nigerian “male Barbie” and Snapchat queen, Bobrisky
In a surprise move, the high profile lawyer says that the cross-dresser Idris Olanrewaju aka Bobrisky “cannot be arrested or jailed for publicly admitting he is homosexual unless he’s caught in the act”.
Shortly after coming out as gay in a now deleted Instagram post, Bobrisky was arrested by Nigerian authorities although no official reason has been given for the arrest
Reacting to speculations that the arrest could be because of his coming out, Keyamo told LIB:
“For me, you have to be caught in the act.
“Yes, it may amount to corrupting public moral when you go on social media to announce you are gay but we are talking about the law here and not sentiment and if we are talking about the law, the person has to be caught in the act.
“Except the person says he is gay and refers to a particular gay act that can be verified. For example, if Mr. A comes out on social media to say I am a thief, he cannot be arrested because his declaration that he is a thief cannot be linked to a particular act of stealing.
“Anybody can come out to say I am a kidnapper but if you do not link that declaration to a particular incident that happened, that person cannot be arrested.
“So also, if a person comes out to say I am gay and you can’t link it to a particular gay act that actually happened or that he was caught in the act, I think it is wrong for such a person to be arrested.
“You can only be arrested when you consent to the act that can be verified. He can be arrested for saying that he is gay but it must be linked to a gay act that happened. You cannot be arrested for just saying you are gay.”
Bobrisky in an Interview with LIB has alleged that business mogul, Toyin Lawani ordered his arrest. He said she accused him of stealing her customers.
But according to the cross-dresser, Toyin Lawani asked her lawyer to write petitions against him, stating he worked for her and he is selling cream to all her customers.
Bobrisky said, ‘’ I never worked for Toyin. She was my friend. I can’t remember ever working for Toyin or learning how to make cream from her.
‘’Then she also said I threatened her. So we are going to Abuja cause that was where the case was reported. Before she wrote petitions against me, she had already threatened me that she is giving me 7 days to go to the internet and apologize to her which I said no way because she offended me. I think because I refused to apologize, she got the police involved”