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Bobrisky not enjoying special amenities or privilege -NCS

The Lagos State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service has refuted a claim that  controversial cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, aka Bobrisky, is being held in a newly-built VIP apartment in the Kirikiri correctional centre, where he is currently serving a six-month prison sentence over abuse of the national legal tender, Naira.

The Nigerian Correctional Service in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Rotimi Oladokun, states that, “The attention of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Lagos State Command, has been drawn to some mischievous and misleading online publications.

“Without prejudice to NCoS right to seek legal redress for the libelous publication, outlined are clarification on the said issues.

“The convicted inmate, Okuneye Idris Olanrewaju aka Bobrisky is currently serving a 6-month jail term for abuse and mutilation of the Naira note within the custody of the Custodial Centre in the State.

“The Convict is entitled to the reformative and rehabilitative platforms either educational and/or vocational training as provided to all inmates in custody.

“Idris has been allocated a shared cell with other convicted inmates. There are no en-suite or ‘one-bedroom flat’ style cells in our Custodial Centre as the cell blocks infrastructure are built as shared buildings, to accommodate multiple inmates.”

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“Idris is being treated just as every other inmate without any special amenities or privilege accorded. All inmates are entitled to Family and Legal visits. These visits are monitored and regulated by NCoS. The Controller of Corrections, Lagos Command enjoined the general public to disregard the said malicious publication,” the statement added.

The crossdresser was arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.

According to the commission, Bobrisky was invited due to a video report of spraying new naira notes at the premiere of Eniola Ajao’s movie titled, ‘Ajakaju’, which was held at FilmOne Circle Mall, Lekki, Lagos, on March 24, 2024.

He was convicted by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Friday, April 5, 2024, after pleading guilty to the charges of naira abuse levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The EFCC filed six counts against him, with the first four counts relating to naira abuse, and the last two counts concerned alleged money laundering. The money laundering charges were struck out.

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