Umar Muda, a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives, has introduced legislation to make cross-dressing illegal in the country.
The bill, which was read aloud on the House floor on Tuesday, April 5, seeks to outlaw cross-dressing while exempting those who do it for entertainment.
Cross-dressers will be sentenced to 6 months in prison if the proposed law is passed.
“Anyone who engages in cross-dressing commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for six months or a fine of five hundred thousand naira,” the bill states.
The bill seeks to amend the 2013 Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act by including cross-dressing as one of the offenses under the act.
Recall that same-sex couples and gay persons face 14 years in jail if convicted by a court.