The Police in Benue have arrested a man who posed as a
woman named Jenifer Kpaakpa and worked as a
prostitute in Makurdi, the state’s capital.
The real identity of the man, Ushahemba Yaapera, was
uncovered during a raid involving a case of N2,500 theft
at a brothel along the railway bye-pass at High-level
area of Makurdi metropolis.
During a search which took place after a raid, a female
DPO, who carried out the search, discovered that
something was unusual about this particular
suspect since all of them were females.
The 19-year-old who hails from katsina-Ala Local
government area disclosed that he was introduced to
the ‘Mermaid’ business five years ago by her
classmate, Punch reports.
He confessed, “For the past five years, I have operated
like a woman. At night, I would stand on the road as a
prostitute and men would pick me up at an agreed
“Usually, the female organ would manifest during my
operations at night. But at day time, I will remain in my
normal masculine state
“So far, I have slept with over 1000 men.”
State Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, who
paraded the suspected impersonator alongside others
for various crimes at the Command headquarters
yesterday in Makurdi said the raid was conducted at the
said brothel by police operatives following a report of
Makama said the case is being investigated and that
scientific test would be conducted on the suspect
before he would be charged to court for unnatural