EFCC To Arraign Bobrisky For Alleged Money Laundering Today

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will arraign crossdresser Bobrisky before Justice Abimbola Awogboro of the Federal High Court in Lagos today, Friday, April 5.

The anti-corruption unit issued a six-count accusation against the crossdresser who was detained for Naira mutilation.

While the first four counts of the complaint include Naira misuse, the latter two involve suspected money laundering.

According to the charge sheet submitted by EFCC Prosecutor Rotimi Oyedepo and seven other attorneys, Bobrisky is accused of tampering with N400,000 by spraying it while dancing at a social event in Lagos on March 24, 2024.

The commission claims that the offense violates and is punished under Section 21(1) of the Central Bank Act 2007.

In count two, between July and August 2023, Bobrisky tampered with another N50,000 at Aja Junction, Ikorodu, by spraying it during a social gathering while dancing. In count three, Bobrisky sprayed and tampered with an additional N20,000 while dancing at White Steve Event Hall in Ikeja in December 2023.

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

In count five, Bobrisky, while trading under the name and style of Bob Express in Lagos between September 1, 2021, and April 4, 2024, failed to submit to the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering a declaration of the activities of the said company (Bob Express), during which time the total sum of N127. 7 million was paid into the company’s Ecobank account.

In count six, Bobrisky is also accused of failing to submit a declaration of the company’s activities during the same period when another N53m was paid into the company’s account, thereby committing an offense under Sections 6(1)(a) and 19(1)(f) of the Money Laundering (Prevention And Prohibition) Act and punishable under Section 19(2)(b) of the Act.

Bobrisky was apprehended by the commission on April 3rd.

Recall that, Alibaba, a popular Nigerian comedian, has criticized the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for recently arresting socialite Bobrisky.

Bobrisky, a notorious figure renowned for his cross-dressing character, was detained at his home in Pinnock Estates, Lagos, on Wednesday, April 3rd, and is now facing a six-count charge of money laundering and Naira mutilation.

Alibaba voiced his displeasure with Bobrisky’s detention in a since-deleted Instagram story post by referring to a video showing individuals spraying and tampering with the Naira.

The comedian asked a rhetorical question, wondering why Bobrisky was arrested for similar conduct but the males in the video remained unpunished.

Alibaba cited a similar event in which a female celebrity was jailed for the same conduct as evidence of what he thought to be gender prejudice in the EFCC’s treatment of persons.

He bemoaned the unfair treatment of women in Nigeria, highlighting the gap in how men and women are handled for comparable offenses.

In his words:

And Bobrisky was arrested for what again? Because they are men? This is not right. The other time on celebrity lady was sentenced for this same thing. Now, EFCC has arrested another lady for the same thing that men get away with. The way we treat women in this country is not good. Mennnnnn… I just tayaaa.”

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