Popular Nigerian socialite, Idris Okuneye aka Bobrisky, was arrested on Tuesday at his Lekki, Lagos residence.
Looking unkempt and a shadow of his ‘beautiful self’ he was bereft of his drag queen accessories—make-up, wig and female clothing.
Though the real reasons for this arrest are yet to be ascertained, the police are likely to press charges against him on account of his alleged homosexuality.
Bobrisky, who embraces homosexuality and flaunts it on social media, is likely to be the latest example of the country’s tough stance against the gay community.
Reputed to have made money from his ‘profession’ Bobrisky has been on a war path with some celebrities including serial entrepreneur Toyin Lawani.
Popularly referred to as the ‘King of Snapchat’ his fame has risen to the extent that he requested anyone willing to follow him on the social media platform, Snapchat, to pay N10,000.
Will Bobrisky survive this and return to haunt his ‘detractors’?
Maybe this is the time that he would reveal his much-flaunted ‘Bae’ and spend the millions he brags about on social media.
Sources revealed he would be ferried to the Nigerian Police Force Headquarters in Abuja today.
In 2014, former President Goodluck Jonathan signed the same-sex marriage prohibition bill, forbidding marriage, same-sex cohabitation and any “public show of same-sex amorous relationship”.
Penalties range from 10 to 14 years in jail and although no one has yet been charged under the law it has stoked fear in Nigeria’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
LGBT activists say the legislation is often used to extort money. In a recent report for Human Rights Watch, researchers said the 2014 law is used to “legitimise abuses against LGBT people, including widespread extortion, mob violence, arbitrary arrest, torture in detention, and physical and sexual violence.”