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Convert my imprisonment to fine, Bobrisky appeals against high court judgement

Controversial cross-dresser, Idris Olanrewaju Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, has appealed against the six-month imprisonment imposed on him by the Federal High Court in Lagos for charges of abuse of naira.

In the appeal filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Bimbo Kusanu, Bobrisky is seeking the Court of Appeal to convert the six-month imprisonment to a N50,000 fine on each of the four counts he was convicted of.

Justice Abimbola Awogboro had sentenced Bobrisky to six months imprisonment without the option of a fine on April 12, 2024, for abusing the naira by spraying the currency at a party, which led to its mutilation.

Bobrisky had pleaded guilty to four counts of naira abuse on April 5, 2024, as charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The judge stated that the judgment was aimed at deterring others who might engage in similar acts of abusing and mutilating the naira.

In his Notice of Appeal filed before the Appeal Court, Bobrisky argued that he had no previous record of criminal conviction. He asserted that the sentence imposed by the trial court was punitive, contrary to the mandatory provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law on sentencing.

Bobrisky further argued that the trial court did not take into account his positive antecedent. He emphasized that he did not waste the court’s time as he pleaded guilty to the charge and also cooperated with the EFCC during the investigation.

The appeal seeks a reconsideration of the sentence in light of these factors.

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