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Naira abuse: Court jails Bobrisky six months with no option of fine

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Naira abuse: Court jails Bobrisky six months with no option of fine

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… tells judge ‘I’m a man’

Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Friday, sentenced controversial crossdresser, Idris Olarewaju Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, to six months imprisonment without any option of fine for abusing the naira.

Presiding judge, Justice Abimbola Awogboro, while sentencing the convict, said the judgment would be a deterrent to others who are found abusing and mutilating the naira.

But before sentencing the convict, Justice Awogboro asked about his sex, and he quickly replied that he was a man.

The convict’s jail term, the court ruled, commenced on March 24, 2024, the day of his arrest.

On April 5, the court had convicted him after he pleaded guilty to the charge of abusing the naira filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Justice Awogboro therefore postponed the sentencing to Tuesday, April 9, 2024. But the day was declared a public holiday by the Federal Government for the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

Last Friday, after his conviction, Bobrisky had pleaded with the court to give him a lesser punishment as he was not aware of the law of abusing the naira.

Bobrisky, in his allocutus, pleaded with the court that he was not aware of the law of abusing the naira.

He disclosed that he is a social media influencer with over five million followers.

But the judge told him that ignorance of the law was not an excuse.

Bobrisky said, “I know, My Lord. My Lord, I wish that you could give me a second chance to use my platform to inform and educate my followers about spraying money.

“I would do a video on my page and I would educate people about spraying money.

“I will not repeat it, My Lord. I regret my actions, My Lord.”