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EFCC detains Cubana chief priest ahead of court appearance

Businessman Faces Charges of Naira Abuse at Social Event

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has detained Pascal Okechukwu, popularly known as Cubana Chief Priest, in preparation for his arraignment before the Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday.

Cubana Chief Priest faces three counts of abuse of the nation’s currency, accused of spraying and tampering with Nigerian currency at a social event, a violation of the Central Bank Act of 2007. The EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, confirmed the detention, indicating that Cubana Chief Priest would appear before Justice Kehinde Ogundare.

In a suit filed on April 4, 2024, the EFCC alleges that on February 13, 2024, at Eko Hotel, Cubana Chief Priest tampered with funds in N500 notes, an act contrary to the Central Bank Act. Further charges include similar incidents in 2020 and January 2024 during social events in Lagos.

The EFCC’s actions come after the recent conviction of cross-dresser Idris Okuneye, known as Bobrisky, on similar charges. Bobrisky was sentenced to six months in prison on April 12, 2024.

Responding to public scrutiny, the EFCC clarified its stance on investigating Naira abuse, stating its commitment to prosecuting such offenses. The agency emphasized its focus on new cases, though it acknowledged the circulation of old videos depicting Naira abuse.

Dele Oyewale, the EFCC spokesperson, expressed appreciation for public engagement in combating Naira abuse, reaffirming the agency’s dedication to prosecuting individuals involved in such acts. The EFCC’s resolve underscores a broader effort to uphold the integrity of Nigeria’s national currency and enforce relevant laws governing its use and handling.

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