EFCC Set to Arraign Cubana Chief Priest Over Alleged Naira Abuse

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is scheduled to bring Pascal Okechukwu, widely known as Cubana Chief Priest, before the Federal High Court in Lagos on April 17, 2024.

He faces allegations of violating the Central Bank Act of 2007 by purportedly misusing and altering naira notes during a social gathering. Cubana Chief Priest will appear before Justice Kehinde Ogundare to respond to a three-count charge.

The charges were lodged on April 4 by the EFCC’s prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, along with seven other legal representatives of the commission’s chairman.

It was alleged that “Okechukwu Pascal on February 13, 2024, at Eko Hotel, within the jurisdiction of the court, while dancing during a social event, tampered with funds in the denomination of N500 notes issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria by spraying same for two hours, and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 21(1) of the Central Bank Act 2007.

In count 2, it was alleged “that you, Okechukwu Pascal sometime in 2020, in Lagos during a social event, tampered with funds in the denomination of N500 issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria by spraying same for two hours, and you thereby committed an offence, contrary to and punishable under Section 21(1) of the Central Bank Act 2007.”

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In Count 3, it was alleged: “that you, Okechukwu Pascal sometime in January 2024, in Lagos during a social event, tampered with funds in the denomination of N500 issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria by spraying the same and you thereby committed an offence, contrary to and punishable under Section 21(1) of the Central Bank Act 2007.”

On April 5, the EFCC successfully prosecuted Idris Okuneye, famously known as Bobrisky, on comparable charges. He received a six-month prison sentence as a result.

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