A 27-year-old man, Idowu Izebokhale is being tried in a court after he was arrested by the police for cross dressing and waiting for someone to patronize him by the roadside.
Izebokhale, a hairdresser of Omiyale Railway Quarters, Ibadan, was in court for alleged acting and dressing as a woman.
Cross dressing is the act of wearing items of clothing and accessories including hair, makeup, etc that belongs to the opposite sex.
In the western world, it is quite common and the law seems to embrace it. However, in Nigeria and most African countries that are against the LGBTs, such acts are neither accepted nor condoned.
The Prosecutor, Sergeant Salewa Hammed, told the court that Izebokhale on September 23 at about 2AM at Molete Area, Ibadan, acted indecently in public by wearing ladies clothes and apparel.
He was caught at that time of the night wearing brazier, wig, earrings and other women accessories, waiting for a client who would pick him.
He said the offence contravened Section 231 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol.II, Laws of Oyo state 2000, which on conviction attracts two years imprisonment.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge and the Chief Magistrate, Abiona Richard, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N150,000 with one surety in like sum.
Richard said the surety must be a blood-relation with tax clearance and adjourned the case till December 19 for hearing.
As gross as cross dressing is, Izebokhale is just a victim of circumstance who was arrested and taking to court for a character exhibition that a few Nigerians flaunt on social media and are even celebrated for.
As long as the law smiles on some people and not at everyone, some upcomers will begin to spring out randomly, knowing that there is no standard penalty for such a despicable act.