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Having sex in your car or public is a crime – Lagos CP Edgal Imohimi

Valentine Chinyem

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The Lagos state commissioner of police, Mr. Egdal Imohimi has said the state criminal law prohibits engaging in sexual activities in public.

Imohimi said this while reacting to statement made by Abayomi Shogunle, head of the public complaint rapid response unit (PCRRU) of the police, that as long as the sex is consensual and not done in a place of worship, it is not a crime.

Abayomi Shogunle, was answering questions directed at him by another Twitter user, @Stanley_Moses13 who asked, Shogunle: “Oga @YomiShogunle please is it a crime to have sex in your car?.”

In response, PCRRU replied:

“NO. Sex in a car in a public place is not a crime in Nigeria provided;
1. Location is not a place of worship
2. Parties are 18 yrs+
3. The act is consensual (agreed to by parties)
4. Parties are of opposite sex
If threatened with an arrest over above, pls contact @PoliceNG_PCRRU,” Shogunle tweeted.

But the police commissioner, had a different view from Shogunle; in his reaction, he said it is an act of indecency for couples to engage in sexual activities in their cars or any other public place.

“The attention of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Imohimi Edgal has been drawn to an online publication credited to @POLICENG_PCRRU to the effect that sex in a car in a public place is not a crime in Nigeria provided location is not a place of worship; parties are 18yrs+; the act is consensual; parties are of opposite sex and if threatened with arrest over above, pls contact @POLICENG_PCRRU,” he said in a statement.

“Sequel to the development, the CP Lagos has been advised by the Director of Public Prosecution of the state Ministry of Justice and the Legal Department of the State Police Command, Panti, Yaba with relevant sections of the law as follows: Section 134 (a) Criminal Law of Lagos state 2015 prohibits any indecent act in any public place without lawful excuse. The law holds that such person is liable on conviction to 2 years imprisonment.

“The statement further cited Section 136 of the Criminal Law of Lagos state, 2015 which provides that any person who commits any act of gross indecency with another person in public commits an offence and liable on conviction to 3 years imprisonment.

“It must be noted that section 134 which deals with offences against morality particularly section 134 (a) have it that indecent act in a public place makes both parties engaging in the act liable to imprisonment for 2 years.

“In the same vein, section 231 of the Criminal Code Act which is a Federal law and applicable in states other than the northern states where Penal Code is applicable also make Indecent Acts punishable.

“Going forward, the authorities of the Lagos State Police Command hereby declares that the assertion that sex in a car in a public place is not a crime in Nigeria is misplaced as the provisions of the Criminal Law of Lagos State prohibits such acts in public even if it is done with consent of the other party.”