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Naira Abuse: Bobrisky Files Notice Of Appeal

Nigerian cross-dresser and socialite, Idris Olanrewaju Okuneye, better known as Bobrisky, has filed a notice of appeal challenging his conviction on a four-count charge of Naira abuse.

In his Notice of Appeal filed by his lawyer, Bimbo Kusanu, Bobrisky is asking the court to set aside the six-month imprisonment sentence imposed on him and replace same with the option of a fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) on each of the counts against him.

Justice Abimbola Awogboro of the Federal High Court in Lagos had on April 12, 2024, sentenced Bobrisky, to six months imprisonment without an option of fine for abusing the Nigerian currency, Naira.

The judge while sentencing the convict, said the judgment would serve as a deterrent to others that are fond of abusing and mutilating the Naira.

Bobrisky had pleaded guilty to the four-count charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before the court.

In his Notice of Appeal, however, the appellant stated that the trial court imposed the maximum sentence on him despite having no previous record criminal of conviction and when there were options to impose a lesser sentence by the provisions of the ACJA.

He submitted that the sentence imposed by the trial court is punitive contrary to the mandatory provisions of the ACJA on sentencing.

The Appellant also stated that the judge did not consider his positive antecedent of not wasting the precious judicial resources of the trial court when he pleaded guilty to the charge.

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