Bobrisky's Alleged Money Laundering Case

Bobrisky was arrested on Wednesday by the EFCC at Pinnock Estate in Lagos State

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to arraign controversial cross-dresser Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, before the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Friday.

Bobrisky is expected to be docked by the anti-graft agency on allegations bothering on money laundering and Naira abuse.

The cross-dresser, who was arrested on Wednesday by the EFCC at Pinnock Estate in Lagos State, will be docked before Justice Abimbola Awogboro on a six-count charge of allegedly laundering N180 million through his company, Bob Express and tampering with N490,000 by spraying.

While the first four counts of the charge signed by the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN) alleged that the defendant abused the Naira, the last two counts border on alleged money laundering.

In the first count, the defendant is accused of tampering with N400,000 by spraying the same while dancing at a social event at the IMAX Circle Mall in Lekki, Lagos.


He was also alleged, in count 2, to have between July and August 2023 at Aja Junction, Ikorodu, also tampered with another sum of N50,000 by spraying same at a social event while dancing.

In count 3, Bobrisky, in Dec. 2023 at White Steve Event Hall, Ikeja also sprayed and tampered with another sum of N20,000 while dancing.

Count four also accused Bobrisky of spraying and tampering with another sum of N20,000 while dancing at another event in Oniru, Victoria Island.

The EFCC said the offence was committed on March 24, 2024, and is contrary to, and punishable under Section 21(1) of the Central Bank Act 2007.

In count 5, Bobrisky, while trading under the name and style of Bob Express between Sept 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 account domiciled with Ecobank.

In count 6, Bobrisky is 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, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 6(1)(a), and Section 19(1) (f) of the Money Laundering (Prevention And Prohibition) Act and punishable under Section 19 (2) (b) of the same Act.

However, it is essential to approach this case with caution and avoid rushing to judgment based on speculation or hearsay. As the legal process unfolds, it is incumbent upon all stakeholders, including the media and the public, to exercise restraint and respect the principles of fairness and impartiality.

The impending arraignment of Bobrisky by the EFCC on charges of alleged money laundering marks a significant development in the legal landscape of Nigeria. The case underscores the government’s commitment to combating financial crimes and upholding the rule of law, while also highlighting the challenges and complexities inherent in addressing illicit financial activities. As the legal proceedings progress, it is imperative to uphold the principles of due process and fairness, ensuring that justice is served in a transparent and impartial manner.

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