Nigerian male Barbie and popular cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, also known as Bobrisky, was reportedly arrested in Lekki Lagos on November 7th, 2017 and this has been trending on various social media platforms.
There have been many speculations as to why he was arrested, but it is being reported that the social media celebrity admitted to being gay.
Sources claim that he admitted it to being gay in an Instagram post, while others claim that his arrest is linked to serial entrepreneur Toyin Lawani after Lawani and Bobrisky engaged in fiery social media exchange.
Although Lawani through one of her assistants immediately refuted the claims denying any involvement in Bobrisky’s arrest, the male barbie has however revealed that Lawani was indeed the one who called for his arrest.
In an exclusive audio with LIB, Bobrisky confirmed that Lawani was the one who called her lawyer to write a petition against him because he insulted and threatened her on social media and also for stealing her cream customers after working with her. However, he vehemently denied the allegations. Listen to the audio below:
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has distanced the command from Bobrisky’s arrest saying no report was made against him.
When contacted on Wednesday, Nov. 8, to confirm the news, Edgal said:
“I don’t know about the arrest, and the command did not arrest him. He does not have any problem with the command. Ask him who arrested him.”
The Police Public Relations Officer for Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos, SP Dolapo Badmos, has also denied the cross-dresser’s arrest
“I am not aware of the arrest. Maybe he was arrested by somewhere else,” she said.
Bobrisky became recognised by being highly controversial on social media. He was able to gather traffic to his Snapchat account when he claimed he had a lover who is assumed to be of the masculine gender.
Since the news of his arrest, social media has been on opposite ends on the issue of homosexuality in Nigeria, given that Bobrisky’s character does not align with the norm, ethics and morals of the Nigerian society.
But if the male barbie was arrested for his self-incriminating message where he came out as gay, he could be facing up to 14 years in prison if found guilty of homosexuality.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Festus Keyamo has reacted to speculations that Bobrisky’s arrest is connected to his sexuality.
According to Keyamo, the Snapchat queen can’t be arrested or jailed for publicly admitting he is homosexual unless he’s caught in the act. Speaking to LIB, the lawyer explained:
“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.”