Following Bobrisky‘s arrest, many have been quick to assume that the Nigerian cross-dresser was arrested for being gay.
Despite the fact that Bobrisky has revealed exclusively to LIB that he was arrested after being accused by fashionista, Toyin Lawani of stealing her clients, many insist that he was arrested for his sexuality.
However, top shot lawyer, Festus Keyamo begs to differ.
During an interview with LIB, the frontline lawyer stated that no one can be arrested for publicly stating that they are gay.
“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.”
As earlier reported, Bobrisky was arrested on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, in Lekki, Lagos state.
Nigeria’s first openly gay man, Bisi Alimi has begun showing support for the embattled cross-dresser on social media.