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Cross-dresser jailed in Nigeria
One of the man accused in Bauchi
Accused "cross dressers" face jail in Nigeria
A Nigerian court has sentenced a man to 18 months in jail after he admitted he dressed up as a woman.

Uche Ndubuisi was arrested loitering around Lagos international airport.

He pleaded guilty after women's clothes and makeup that belonged to him were brought in evidence.

He pleaded guilty to the charges and was not given the option of a fine, an official at the court in the Lagos suburb of Ikeja told AFP.

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Another 18 men face charges of vagrancy and indecent behaviour in the sharia-run northern state of Bauchi after they were arrested in a hotel allegedly dressed as women.

Lagos is not a sharia state, but has recently seen police arrest women for wearing revealing clothes.

Cross dressing in Nigeria is linked by authorities to homosexuality, which is illegal in the country.

Nigeria has come under criticism from human rights groups for their laws.

It is not known why Mr Ndubuisi was wearing women's clothes, or why he had 22 pairs of women's pants, four bras and several make-up kits.

But the BBC's Umar Elleman in Lagos says at the time of his arrest last week police said he was trying to extort money from travellers.



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