Bobrisky Appeals Six-Month Sentence over Naira Abuse

Nigerian cross-dresser Idris Okuneye, widely known as Bobrisky, has filed an appeal against the six-month imprisonment sentence handed down to him for naira abuse. The appeal, lodged on Monday, seeks to overturn the decision made by a Federal High Court in Lagos.

Bobrisky, who had pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was convicted without the option of a fine. The court’s judgment aimed to serve as a deterrent to others who might consider abusing the national currency.

However, Bobrisky’s legal counsel, Bimbo Kusanu, argues that the sentence is excessive, particularly given that Bobrisky is a first-time offender. The appeal suggests that the sentence be replaced with a fine of N50,000 for each count of the offense.

The defense highlights that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) provides for lesser sentences and that the court did not fully consider Bobrisky’s positive antecedents. By pleading guilty, Bobrisky did not waste the court’s time and had responded promptly to the EFCC’s invitation.

The appeal has sparked discussions on the severity of punishments for currency abuse and the judicial discretion in sentencing. As the case progresses through the appellate court, it remains to be seen whether the sentence will be upheld or altered.

Stay tuned for updates…

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