Odinkalu Faults EFCC’s Naira Abuse Prosecutions

Professor Chidi Odinkalu, former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), has voiced criticism against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), arguing that the agency lacks the authority to prosecute cases of Naira abuse.

Odinkalu’s remarks come in response to the recent arrest and conviction of crossdresser Okuneye Idris Olanrewaju, popularly known as Bobrisky, who was sentenced to six months in jail for Naira abuse.

Expressing his disapproval, Odinkalu emphasized that the act of spraying the Naira does not fall within the prosecutorial scope of the EFCC. He berated the anti-graft agency for its handling of such cases, suggesting that its focus should be on matters directly related to financial crimes.

“The law that establishes the EFCC defines ‘economic and financial crimes’ to mean ‘non-violent criminal and illicit activity committed with the objectives of earning wealth illegally either individually or in a group or organized manner thereby violating existing legislation governing the economic activities of government and its administration,” Odinkalu stated.

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