Bobrisky’s offense ought to result in community service rather than a six-month prison sentence – Adeyanju

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Deji Adeyanju, a rights activist attorney, has criticized Okuneye Idris Olarewaju, also referred to as Bobrisky, for his Naira mutilation, and has given him a six-month punishment.

Adeyanju pushed the nation’s security services to take a community service stance against victimless crimes like cash mutilation.

Bobrisky was given a six-month term on Friday by Justice Abimbola Awogboro, without the option of a fine.

Since his detention last week, the controversial celebrity has been under the care of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, or EFCC.

He will now spend his time behind bars in Lagos’ Ikoyi Prison.

Adeyanju’s statement is as follows: “We note with concern the six months sentence handed down to Mr Okuneye Idris Olarewaju (AKA Bobrisky), without an option of fine, for Naira mutilation offence, as reported by various national news platforms.

“While we do not condone any attempt to break down the law or actual violation of the law, we are, however, constrained to state on record that at a time when private individuals, non-governmental organisations, states and federal governments are taking steps to decongest our prisons, Mr. Olarewaju, a first-time offender, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment, notwithstanding his allocutus and promise to use his platform to sensitise the public against Naira mutilation.

“In handing down sentences, we urge our courts to be mindful of the cultural undertone surrounding offences. The act of spraying Naira or (otherwise called Naira mutilation), though an offence criminalised by law, is one that has been part of our cultural practice from time immemorial. The relevant agencies, therefore, have a duty to carry out large-scale sensitization on the issue, before seeking to prosecute offenders.

“We also note that even at the said event where Mr. Olarenwaju was alleged to have mutilated the Naira, there were several other persons engaging in the same act. The question is, why single out Mr. Olarenwaju? In prosecuting offences like this, security agencies must be careful not to give the impression that the Defendant is being targeted for alleged offences other than those stated on the face of the charge.

“In conclusion, we urge our security agencies to adopt a community service approach for victimless crimes like Naira Mutilation, while we reaffirm our commitment to the rule of law and the protection of human rights at all times.”

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