BREAKING: Bobrisky arrives court for money laundering trial

Idris Okuneye, also known as Bobrisky, has appeared at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, for his ongoing trial. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Bobrisky before Judge Abimbola Awogboro on charges related to naira abuse and money laundering.

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The arrest of the popular Nigerian cross-dresser took place on Wednesday night, following allegations of spraying and disrespecting naira notes. The EFCC has filed a six-count charge against Bobrisky, accusing him of various offenses, including laundering the sum of N127.7 million through a domiciled account. Four of the charges are related to alleged naira abuse, while the remaining two counts involve alleged money laundering.

According to the EFCC’s statement, the charge sheet filed by Prosecutor Rotimi Oyedepo and seven other lawyers alleges that Bobrisky tampered with the sum of N400,000 by spraying it while dancing at a social event in the IMAX Circle Mall, Lekki, Lagos, on March 24, 2024. This act is said to be contrary to and punishable under Section 21(1) of the Central Bank Act 2007.

In addition, Bobrisky is accused, in counts five and six, of failing to submit a declaration of activities for his company, Bob Express, to the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering. During the period between September 1, 2021, and April 4, 2024, a total of N127.7 million and N53 million were allegedly paid into the company’s Ecobank account. These actions are said to contravene Section 6(1)(a) and Section 19(1)(f) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, and are punishable under Section 19(2)(b) of the same Act.

The court proceedings will determine the outcome of the case against Bobrisky.

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