The Lagos state police command says sex in the car in a public space is a crime and that anyone found culpable will be arrested and prosecuted.

Since the news hit the headlines, there has been a raging debate on what constitutes a public place and what exactly the law says.

To buttress its claim, the police quoted 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.

Section 134, on the other hand, states that an indecent act in a public place makes both parties engaging in the act liable to imprisonment for 2 years.

Many have argued that the law is not emphatic enough on the matter and does not state categorically what and where should be considered a public space.

A theoretical question goes thus: If the car has tinted glasses and/or is parked at the front of the gate to a person’s house, is that considered as having sex in public?

What do you think? Join the debate.



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