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Bobrisky charged with suspected laundering of N180.7m

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it will arraign controversial cross-dresser, Idris Olanrewaju Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, today, before the Federal High Court in Lagos for alleged money laundering.

EFCC, on Thursday, filed six counts bordering on money laundering and abuse of the naira against Bobrisky, who will be arraigned before the vacation judge, Justice Abimbola Awogboro.

In the charge sheet filed by EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN), alongside seven other lawyers, the EFCC said that Bobrisky, while trading under the name and style of Bob Express between September 1, 2021 and April 4, 2024 in Lagos, failed to submit to the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering, a declaration of the activities of the said company (Bob Express), within which period the total sum of N127.7m was paid into the company’s account domiciled with Ecobank.

Bobrisky was also accused of failing to submit a declaration of the activities of the company within the same period when another N53m was paid into the company’s account.

Bobrisky in the first count was alleged to have tampered with the sum of N400,000 by spraying the same while dancing at a social event at the IMAX Circle Mall, Lekki, Lagos, on March 24, 2024.

Bobrisky was also alleged to have, between July and August 2023 at Aja Junction, Ikorodu, Lagos, tampered with another sum of N50,000 by spraying same at a social event while dancing.

The anti-graft agency said that in December 2023 at White Steve Event Hall, Ikeja, Lagos, Bobrisky also sprayed and tampered with another sum of N20,000 while dancing.

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He was further accused of spraying and tampering with another sum of N20,000 while dancing at another event in Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos.

According to EFCC, the offences committed contravened Sections 6 (1)(a), and 19(1) (f) of the Money Laundering (Prevention And Prohibition) Act and are punishable under Section 19 (2) (b) of the same Act.

Bobrisky, who has been in the EFCC detention since Wednesday night, failed to meet the conditions of the administrative bail offered him on Thursday.

Speaking about the conditions of the bail, spokesperson for the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, said, “He has been granted administrative bail but yet to meet bail conditions.”

In a statement titled “EFCC Grills Bobrisky for Naira Abuse ” posted on its social media handle later, the EFCC wrote, “Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have commenced investigation of Idris Okuneye, a.k.a Bobrisky, for allegedly spraying Naira notes.

“The EFCC had invited the 31-year old following a video report of spraying and flaunting wads of new Naira notes at the premiere of a movie, Ajakaju, produced by Eniola Ajao, a Nollywood actress and producer, at Film One Circle Mall, Lekki, Lagos on March 24, 2024.

“Investigation also revealed that he had also committed the alleged offence at some other event centres and parties at different times.

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“Following the invitation by the commission, he arrived at the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC in the morning of Wednesday, April 4, 2024, for interrogation and volunteered his statements.

“He will soon be charged to court upon conclusion of investigations.”

Sources in the EFCC said the cross-dresser was detained in a lone cell.

“Bobrisky has been grilled by interrogators, and he has given his statement wherein he identified as ‘Idris Okuneye’. He’s being detained in a lone cell. He has no cellmates, he’s neither in a male nor female cell, he’s the only one in his cell,” a source said.

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