Naira abuse: Bobrisky files appeal against sentence

Written by on April 23, 2024

Naira abuse

Bobrisky files appeal against sentence

Idris Okuneye, widely recognized as Bobrisky, has taken legal action against the six-month maximum prison sentence handed down by a Federal High Court in Lagos State for naira abuse.

The charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) pertained to allegations of naira abuse.

Okuneye, in a show of transparency, admitted guilt before Justice A.O. Awogboro of the Federal High Court in Lagos, who subsequently delivered the sentence without the possibility of a fine on April 12.

Responding swiftly, Okuneye’s legal representative, Mr. Bimbo Kusanu, filed a notice of appeal, urging the Court of Appeal to review and ultimately reverse the severity of the sentence.

Kusanu argues that the trial court’s decision was unduly harsh, particularly considering Okuneye’s unblemished record and full cooperation throughout the legal proceedings.

He emphasizes the importance of the Court of Appeal taking into account the provisions outlined in the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), which afford more flexible sentencing options.


Kusanu further contends that the trial court’s failure to recognize Okuneye’s positive background and cooperation during both the investigation and trial phases resulted in a miscarriage of justice.

In his view, a fine of N50,000 for each count would constitute a more equitable penalty, aligning with Okuneye’s character and the legal guidelines set forth by the ACJA.

This appeal underscores the complexities inherent in determining appropriate sentencing in criminal cases, particularly when considering mitigating factors such as prior conduct and cooperation with authorities.

Okuneye’s legal team seeks to demonstrate that the trial court’s decision failed to adequately weigh these factors, resulting in a punishment that they argue is disproportionate.

As the case advances to the Court of Appeal, it raises broader questions about the delicate balance between deterrence and fairness within the criminal justice system.


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