List of Influential Nigerians Who Have Been Jailed Under Tinubu's Govt

List of Influential Nigerians Who Have Been Jailed Under Tinubu's Govt journalist Bada Yusuf is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over seven years of experience in journalism and writing.

President Bola Tinubu appears to always be on the move with surprising actions. The first was the announcement of the removal of the fuel subsidy while delivering his inaugural speech.

In less than one year in office, the president has implemented several policies that have shaken the country and caused many Nigerians to express concerns about what the government is doing next.

President Bola Tinubu's govt jails influential Nigerians in less than one year in office
How Tinubu tactically jailed some Influential Nigerians Photo Credit: Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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The removal of the fuel subsidy and the floating of the local currency has created more enemies for the administration that has to fight many battles, from the business and wealthy community to the common man who could not afford to pay higher bills and the organised labour.

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Among these battles, some influential Nigerians have also been jailed under the administration of President Tinubu. They were locked up either through the court or through the security operatives. Some of the Nigerians are listed below:

1. Godwin Emefiele arrested

The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was President Tinubu's first target when he got to office. He is currently facing multiple charges, ranging from money laundering to fraud and abuse of office.

Emefiele, reportedly planning to run for president in 2023, dropped the ambition for reasons many did not know. However, the embattled former CBN governor introduced new naira notes a few months before the presidential election, a policy allegedly meant to curb vote buying during the poll.

Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele has been remanded in the custody of the EFCC
Emefiele remanded in EFCC's custody Photo Credit: EFCC
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The policy ruined the country's economy and almost cost the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) the chance of retaining power.

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Interestingly, most Nigerians appeared to be interested in seeing Emefiele spending his lifetime in jail because many of them could not access their money during the naira redesign policy. Many businesses collapsed, and some died in the process.

Emefiele has been remanded in prison and granted bail by two different courts in Abuja and Lagos on different occasions. On the two occasions, he was asked to pay N20 million and N50 million, among other conditions.

2. Abdulrasheed Bawa detained

DSS arrest and detained the former chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, he was released after 134 days without being tried
Ex-EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, spent 134 days in EFCC custody Photo Credit: EFCC
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The former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was also detained by the security operatives after he was removed from office.

There was no clear statement concerning his detainment, and he was released after some Nigerians raised concerns, calling for his trial and alleging that the Tinubu administration had begun to abuse human rights in less than one year in office.

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According to news reports, the former EFCC chairman spent 13 days in the Department of State Service (DSS) custody.

3. Bello Bodejo detained

Another influential leader under the lock of secret police custody is the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore group leader, Bello Bodejo. He was picked up over the creation of an unlawful ethnic militia vigilante group, Kungiya Zaman Lafiya, in Nasarawa state.

Bello Bodejo, the leader of the Miyetti Allah group who created an ethnic militia group in Nasarawa has been in the detention of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) and currently facing trial bordering on terrorism charges.
The Miyetti Allah leader in DIA custody for terrorism charges Photo Credit: Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Bello Bodejo
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Bodejo was arrested by the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) and arraigned by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) over violation of the terrorism act 2022.

Security intelligence arrested the leader of the Miyetti Allah group in Nasarawa state after launching the vigilante group named Kungiya Zaman Lafiya.

Badejo had noted at the inauguration of the 1,144-man Fulani outfit in Nasarawa that the purpose was to fight cattle rustling, banditry and other insecurity threats in the state.

He is still being remanded in the custody of the DIA until the court concludes his case.

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4. Idris Okuneye, aka Bobrisky, arrested

Nigerian cross-dresser and socialite Idris Okuneye, popularly referred to as Bobrisky, is another influential Nigerian who has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for an offence that has the option of a fine.

Federal high court in Lagos sends Bobrisky to jail for six months after being convicted for naira abuse
Bobrisky sent to jail for six months over allegation of naira abuse Photo Credit: EFCC, Bobrisky
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Bobrisky was arraigned by the EFCC at the Federal High Court in Lagos and sentenced by the same court for an offence bordering on naira abuse.

In an exclusive interview with, Barrister Stanley Alieke, an Abuja-based human rights lawyer and activist, said anyone found guilty of spraying the naira note would spend at least six months in prison.

Alieke maintained that if everyone who has sprayed money at one event or the other is to be tried, then millions of people would go to jail.

Barrister Alieke said:

"Spraying money at parties or in a nightclub is a criminal offence punishable by at least 6 months of jail term."

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El-Rufai says Tinubu still paying fuel subsidies earlier reported that the immediate past Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, disclosed that President Bola Tinubu has returned to paying fuel subsidies.

El-Rufai said the measures put in place by Tinubu to curtail the effect of the fuel subsidy were not working, and his government had to reverse the policy.

The former governor maintained that Tinubu was even paying higher than what was in place before he resumed office.


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