Assistant Commissioner of Police, Yomi Shogunle, has reacted to the “s.ex in the car” question trending on social media.
Over 24 hours ago, pictures of a young man and woman caught pants down in a car surfaced on social media, Facebook.
Since then, the viral pictures have sparked questions bothering on if the Nigerian law permits sexual acts in the car.
In this regard, a twitter @Stanley_Moses13 asked, “Oga Yomi Shogunle please is it a crime to have sex in your car?
Below is his response:
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. https://t.co/U1Dqk9Mywe
— Abayomi Shogunle (@YomiShogunle) December 11, 2018
Section 231 of the Criminal Code also addresses this act
In June 2016, Vincent Chikwukume and Nnandi Ujunwa were arranged before Abuja Grade 1 Area Court for allegedly having sexual intercourse in a car. The prosecutor was a police officer, A.Z. Dalhatu, on routine surveillance at Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.
Also in January 2016, two men Innocent Egbuna and Jide Ajayi were caught having anal sex in an SUV by Sgt. Joseph Ajebe along Ajao Road and were paraded in a Magistrates’ Court in Ikeja.
The men were arranged on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and act of gross indecency.
While these are typical examples, police officials also take disciplinary action when it constitutes a public disturbance.
Despite this education, Nigerians have become divided over his response.
See of them below:
Really,having sex in a car in public ain't a criminal offence in Nigeria?even when done right at the bus stop in broad daylight? You'll get done here in the UK and in America doing that
— kaytoned (@kaytoned) December 11, 2018
Sex in a car in public place can lead to distractn, this can lead to accidents & frauds.
Public intimacy shud be discouraged.
The NASS may not hav envisage it, but common sense shud condemn it.
We are decent people, we shud not destroy our values all in d name of civilizatn
— Pareal. (@PatrickOkouzi) December 11, 2018
Some seem to agree with him:
He stated it just as it is. It's the duty of NASS to envisage that and make law to the effect not his job!
— Ọlọ́lá (@deeonepapy) December 11, 2018
it may not qualify as a crime but the perpetrators may be liable in tort if done in public for nuisance.
— Yusuff (@sholaw2008) December 11, 2018
The law is not emotional neither does it care how anyone feels, the situation discussed is still within the confines of the law. You and your kids can just mind your business,look elsewhere and keep moving.
— Alamu Swagga (@doyeean) December 11, 2018