Bobrisky sentenced to six months in jail for naira abuse

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Popular Nigerian crossdresser, Idris Okuneye, better known as Bobrisky, has been sentenced to six months in jail for the abuse of Naira.

The Lagos State Special Offences Court handed down the judgment on April 12, 2024, following a court hearing on April 9, which was postponed due to the Eid-Fitri public holiday.

Bobrisky was arraigned on a six-count charge, including Naira abuse and money laundering, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). However, the court dismissed the money laundering charges and convicted him for Naira abuse after he confessed to the crime. The judge also ordered that he be remanded in EFCC detention in Lagos.

The Naira abuse charge stems from Bobrisky’s habit of spraying and stepping on Naira notes during public events, which is considered a criminal offense in Nigeria. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act 2007 states that “spraying of, dancing or matching on the Naira or any note issued by the Bank during social occasions or otherwise howsoever shall constitute abuse and defacing of the Naira or such note and shall be punishable under Sub-section 2 (b) of this section.”

Meanwhile, Nigerian entertainer and activist, Charly Boy, has criticized the EFCC for arresting Bobrisky, stating that the agency should focus on retrieving money from criminals rather than pursuing Bobrisky for Naira abuse.

Bobrisky’s sentencing has sparked mixed reactions from Nigerians, with some expressing support for the judgment and others criticizing the EFCC for what they perceive as selective justice.

The crossdresser, who has a significant following on social media, is known for his flamboyant lifestyle and controversial public persona. He has been a subject of numerous controversies, including his gender identity and alleged involvement in fraudulent activities.

As Bobrisky begins his six-month jail term, the case highlights the need for Nigerians to respect the country’s currency and adhere to the laws that govern its use. It also raises questions about the EFCC’s priorities and the role of celebrities in shaping societal norms and values.

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