The Speaker of Cross River House of Assembly, Elvert Ayambem, has asked security operatives to arrest organisers of a drag gay party held on 30 June at Ekorinim area of Calabar.
Ayambem in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Matthew Okache, in Calabar called on the relevant agencies to bring the organisers and collaborators to book.
He said this will serve as deterrent to others, especially since minors were also present in the party.
The Speaker also warned anyone or organisation in connection with such unlawful act to desist or risk prosecution from the authorities under the same-sex “Marriage Prohibition Bill” law signed in 2014 by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The “Law” imposes a 14- year jail term on anyone who enters into a same-sex marriage contract or civil union in Nigeria.
Similarly, it imposes a 10-year sentence on individuals or groups, including religious leaders who witness abet or aid the solemnisation of same-sex marriage or union.
“Also, a 10 year prison sentence is imposed on those who directly or indirectly make public show of same-sex amorous relationship or supporters of such groups,”.
In addition, the Speaker called on hospitality operators in the state to ensure that no hotel or club entertains persons below 18 years of age unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.