Is Bobrisky's Judgement Fair? Deji Adeyanju Reacts

Is Bobrisky's Judgement Fair? Deji Adeyanju Reacts

  • The sentencing of Idris Okuneye, aka Bobrisky, to six months imprisonment, has triggered criticisms from Nigerians
  • Human rights lawyer and activist Deji Adeyanju expressed concern over the harshness of Bobrisky's six-month jail sentence without option of fine
  • Adeyanju suggested that a softer punishment, such as community service, could be more appropriate for victimless crimes like Naira mutilation journalist Nurudeen Lawal has 8 years of experience covering political campaigns and elections

FCT, Abuja - The conviction of Idris Okuneye, the famous crossdresser known as Bobrisky, who was recently arrested and arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for mutilation of the naira, has sparked fresh outrage and criticism again the Nigerian legal system.

Deji Adeyanju, human rights lawyer and founder of Deji Adeyanju & Partners, said the conviction of Bobrisky to a six-month jail term without option of fine was harsh.

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Deji Adeyanju, human rights lawyer, said Bobrisky's six-month jail term without fine was harsh. Photo credits: @remedy_blog, @officialEFCC
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Bobrisky could have been given community service - Adeyanju

Speaking exclusively with, Adeyanju said that his submission on the judgement was not to criticize the judge but rather to say that a soft punishment should have been handed out due to Bobrisky's cooperation with the EFCC to save the court time and resources.

He said:

"I am simply advocating for a more nuanced approach, particularly for victimless crimes like Naira mutilation. Instead of resorting to imprisonment like the case of Bobrisky, I believe community service could be a more suitable alternative.
"This would not only serve as a deterrent but also allow offenders to contribute positively to society without the burden of incarceration. Also, there should be extensive sensitization to educate members of the public about the implications of such actions."

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What will happen to Bobrisky in prison

In a related development, a Nigerian public interest and human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, has revealed some challenges Bobrisky will go through during his jail term in Kiriki prison, Lagos.

Effiong via X (formerly Twitter) opined that the popular crossdresser will have a difficult experience in the Custodial Centre (prison) because he is not a freedom fighter and does not seem like someone who can stay in a restricted environment under harsh and excruciating conditions.

According to the legal practitioner who said the main key to surviving imprisonment is mental strength and courage, the prison wall only breaks those who are not driven by strong convictions.


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