The sad case of Jennifer Kpaakpa aka Ushahemba Yaapera who was arrested in Makurdi after being a good Samaritan and attempting to make peace between to two other fighting sex workers is a grime reminder of the North’s long way to go on LGBT rights.
She’s been called “fake”, a “presenter” the man “who deceived 1000 men into sex”
Jennifer’s case is a classic example of our society’s collective attempt to not see the truth. Established news agencies continued to brand her cultist and a deceiver even after a man who according to them was supposedly deceived attempted to bail her from police custody.
At the Makurdi command, the poor trans girl as humiliated and her dignity stripped. She was forced to bare her breasts before reporters who wanted to see if “it was fake”. Abused and humialated she as forced to narrate how she became a cultist, further feeding the grotesque taste of a society that has lost its moral bearings.
Even Mr Ukan Kurugh, the self acclaimed activist who saw Jennifer and who was probably the only thing close to a legal counsel she’d met could resist feeding us the narrative
“The young man was arrested around Xima Bar at Kashim Ibrahim Road Makurdi when he went to separate a fight between 2 female sex workers at a brothel and in the process got his male sex organ exposed amidst the female clothing he wore. This automatically ended the fight as everyone was scared of his appearance having known him for long as a female. This attracted the attention of the police who whisked him away to police headquarters, Makurdi. This occurred on the Wednesday the 14th of March, 2017.
At the police headquarters where I also visited yesterday, the man revealed that, by birth he was male but was initiated into occultism in a secondary school in Katsina-ala where he schooled and that since then he attends meetings under bridges of main water bodies with other members and a queen around the country. He explained upon inquiry that he had done prostitution in many major cities around the country like Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Calabar, Kaduna, Portharcout and others where he would be picked up by men who would make love to him seeing him as a woman and thereafter, whether with the use of protection or not, the man’s sperm would be gotten and used for rituals and such a man will be permanently unable to impregnate a woman.On the number of men he had engaged in his spiritual ordeal, he explained that he wasn’t sure of the figure but that, not less than 1500 men. He explained further that, the queen under the water had mandated him to do thus for 12 years and then she will bless him with super wealth. He said this was his 5th year, meaning he was left with 7 years to meet his target and be rewarded with the ultimate prize of wealth beyond comprehension.At the police station, it was surprising to see a man Mr. Terkimbi Yandev who walked in and requested to bail this guy on the ground that he was his girlfriend. The guy in question at that moment explained further that, to all those who made love to him, he appears to be a beautiful woman whom they can’t afford not to love. The man is now in police custody as investigations are still ongoing even as people around his Coca-Cola residence in Makurdi have expressed shocked that, the girl they knew all the while was man. His parents are reputed to live in Katsina-ala where he has not visited for a long time since he got enlisted into occultism.
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But as dark and sad as it seems, Jennifer’s case is actually way better than the norm. Most trans women would have been lynched at discovery, especially in the evangelical belt of North Central Nigeria. Over the last few years, American churches have imported into the north their macabre version of religious homophobia. In 2015, the federal government strengthened anti LGBT laws to the acclaim of many fundamentalist Muslims and christians in the North