Lagos State Police has countered the Head of the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Mr Abayomi Shogunle, who said having sex in a car in a public place is not a crime in Nigeria.
TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Shogunle was responding to a Twitter user when he said sex in a car in a public place is not a crime in Nigeria, provided the location is not a place of worship, parties are 18 yrs+, the act is consensual (agreed to by parties), and parties are of opposite sex.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimin Edgal, on Wednesday in a statement signed by spokesman of the Lagos State Police command, CSP Chike Oti, said having sex inside a car parked in public place is an indecent act and offence punishable by law.
“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.
“Section 136 of the Criminal Law of Lagos state, 2015 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,” Edgal said in the statement.
The police boss, therefore, urged Lagosians to be guided by relevant sections of the law against such acts.