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Bobrisky faces money laundering charges: EFCC pursues legal action

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Idris Olanrewaju Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, is set to appear before the Federal High Court in Lagos today (Friday) to face charges of alleged money laundering brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC, on Thursday, filed six counts against Bobrisky, accusing him of money laundering and abuse of the Nigerian currency. The charges stem from various incidents where Bobrisky is alleged to have tampered with sums of money during social events.

According to the charge sheet filed by EFCC prosecutor Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN) and seven other lawyers, Bobrisky is accused of tampering with sums ranging from N20,000 to N400,000 by spraying money during different social gatherings in Lagos between 2023 and 2024.

The commission further alleges that Bobrisky, trading under the name “Bob Express,” failed to submit necessary declarations of the company’s activities to the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering despite substantial sums being deposited into the company’s account within the specified period.

These allegations, if proven, would contravene Sections 6(1)(a) and 19(1)(f) of the Money Laundering (Prevention And Prohibition) Act, punishable under Section 19(2)(b) of the same Act.

Bobrisky has been in EFCC detention since Wednesday night and failed to meet the administrative bail offered to him on Thursday. The EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, confirmed Bobrisky’s detention and failure to meet bail conditions, emphasizing the seriousness with which the commission views the alleged offences.

The EFCC’s investigation into Bobrisky’s activities follows a video report showing him spraying and flaunting wads of new Naira notes at a movie premiere in Lekki, Lagos, on March 24, 2024. Further investigations revealed similar incidents at various event centers and parties.

Despite providing his statement to EFCC interrogators, Bobrisky remains in detention in a lone cell, according to impeccable sources within the commission. Further legal proceedings are expected to unfold as the investigation progresses.

The case against Bobrisky underscores broader concerns surrounding financial misconduct and the EFCC’s efforts to uphold the integrity of Nigeria’s currency.

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