In a significant legal development, Idris Okuneye, better known as Bobrisky, has been sentenced to six months of imprisonment by the Federal High Court in Lagos.

The Nigerian transgender and social media personality faced charges not eligible for a fine, focusing on the abuse and tampering with the Nigerian currency, the Naira.

The Federal High Court in Lagos has convicted Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, to six months in prison, marking an important legal breakthrough.

Bobrisky Faces Six Months in Jail
Bobrisky Faces Six Months in Jail

The transsexual and social media celebrity from Nigeria was charged with offenses that did not carry a fine and centered around manipulating and misusing the Naira, the country’s currency.

Charges and Court Proceedings

Judge Abimbola Awogboro handed down the decision on April 12 after Bobrisky acknowledged his guilt on four counts of misusing Naira.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) took a strong stand against currency manipulation by bringing these accusations.

Bobrisky Faces Six Months in Jail
Bobrisky Faces Six Months in Jail

After the prosecution abandoned the last two charges, which included two counts of money laundering, the court opted to concentrate on the currency misuse portion of the case.

Background and Arrest

Bobrisky’s legal issues started after he was caught on camera showing off and mismanaging brand-new Naira notes during a movie premiere and other public events.

His actions resulted in his apprehension on March 24, 2024, subsequent to his acceptance of an invitation extended by the EFCC. The EFCC’s dedication to upholding rules prohibiting currency manipulation is demonstrated by the arrest and the charges that followed.

The fact that Bobrisky was sentenced to prison by the court without the possibility of a fine highlights how seriously the courts are taking offenses concerning the money of the country.

Bobrisky Faces Six Months in Jail
Bobrisky Faces Six Months in Jail

The purpose of the sentencing is to dissuade potential offenders from considering similar crimes.

Bobrisky, who has been outspoken in his identification as a woman, identified as a man when the court asked him about his gender during the sentencing.

The intricate relationship between Bobrisky’s legal identity and public persona was brought to light by this aspect of the hearings, especially in light of his jail sentence.

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