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  • Updated: April 22, 2024

Naira mutilation: Bobrisky appeals jail term, seeks fine

Naira mutilation: Bobrisky appeals jail term, seeks fine

Okuneye Idris Olanrewaju, also known as Bobrisky, has filed an appeal against his conviction and imprisonment before the Federal High Court in Lagos.

In the notice of appeal submitted before Justice Abimbola Awogboro, he requested that the Court of Appeal set aside the six-month maximum incarceration term imposed on him instead of a fine of N50,000 on each of the counts against him.

Bobrisky was accused of four counts of tampering with the naira (legal currency) in violation of Section 21(1) of the Central Bank Act 2007 and was convicted and punished by Justice A.O. Awogboro of the Federal High Court, Lagos Judicial Division.

Bobrisky, dissatisfied with the sentence he received on April 12, 2024, petitioned the court to set aside the maximum punishment of six months imprisonment without the option of a fine because he is a first-time offender with no prior criminal convictions.

Last week, Allnews.ng reported that developments indicate that the controversial crossdresser had been relocated from the Ikoyi Correctional Center to the Kirikiri Prison by the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS).

Contrary to earlier reports suggesting that Bobrisky remained at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre, a credible source within the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) confirmed to LEADERSHIP that the social media personality was discreetly transferred to Kirikiri Prison over the weekend.

Explaining the decision, the source stated, "It is procedural that he is moved to Kirikiri since it is an expansive prison compared to what we have here."

He added that due to security reasons, Okuneye was quietly moved to the facility where he will serve his term.

The source further emphasized that Okuneye was transferred quietly to ensure security, and he will serve his term at the facility.

It is worth recalling that Justice Abimbola Awogboro of the Federal High Court in Lagos sentenced Bobrisky to six months imprisonment. The judge highlighted that the verdict aims to deter others from abusing and defacing the naira.

Despite being identified as male based on his admission in court, Bobrisky's gender or genital organs haven't undergone any realignment, according to reports.

The source confirmed that the convict has been placed in the male cell alongside other inmates and will be treated as such during his incarceration.

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