The House of Representatives on Tuesday has introduced a bill to prohibit cross-dressing with an amendment to the Same-Sex (Prohibition) Act.
The amendment, sponsored by Muda Umar (APC, Bauchi), seeks to amend sections 4 and 5 of the principal act.
This proposed bill, if passed into law, could affect popular crossdressers like Okuneye Olanrewaju, who is popularly known as Bobrisky and James Brown.
It seeks to ban cross-dressing with the exemption of those using it for entertainment.
In recent times, some crossdressers have become very popular in Nigeria, especially, Instagram entertainer, Bobrisky.
With this proposed law, crossdressers now risk 6 months in prison if passed.
The bill seeks to amend the same-sex marriage (prohibition) act of 2013 by including cross-dressing as one of the offences under the act.
Recall that same-sex couples and gay persons face 14 years in jail if convicted by a court.
“A person engaging in cross-dressing is guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment of 6 months or to a fine of five hundred thousand naira.”