Idris Okuneye Aka Bobrisky or Snr Man Is Still in Ikoyi Prison – NCoS Officials


The Nigeria Correctional Service has denied that controversial cross-dresser Idris Okuneye nicknamed Bobrisky, who was sentenced to six months in prison for misuse of naira notes, was transferred from the Ikoyi correctional centre to its other facility in Kirikiri, Lagos State.

Bobrisky was said to have been surreptitiously relocated to Kirikiri Prison last weekend, where he was scheduled to serve his sentence.

On Thursday, an NCoS official informed Punch Metro that he was still being held at Ikoyi Prison.

The officer, who requested anonymity because he was not entitled to comment on the topic, stated that the convict did not commit a serious act that warranted his transfer to a maximum-security prison, where most inmates serving life or death sentences were confined.

“Bobrisky has not been moved, he is still here in Ikoyi. He was not sentenced to death and didn’t get a life sentence either. Those people sentenced to death and given life sentences are mostly kept in the maximum prison.

That is mostly based on capital punishment. As for Bobrisky, he didn’t commit a capital offence, so why would they take him to Kirikiri,” the source said.

Another official who also preferred not to be mentioned as he was not in the official capacity to speak to the press, said that although there were plans to move some inmates across the custodial centres in the state, it was still being proposed.

The NCoS official added that the move was for decongestion.

“Sometimes, when we discover that the population of inmates is much in a facility, we decide to move them just to decongest. We are only considering that at the moment and not that anyone has been moved. If the prison authorities want to move, they have the right. We also do so if the person has a communicable disease or because the inmate requested it for proximity to the family or an appeal on humanitarian grounds.

The leadership might also say, ‘Let’s spread those who have less than one year sentence’, which may apply to Bobrisky, just to create space for those awaiting trial. But such people rarely go to the maximum prison,” the source disclosed.

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