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Relief For Cubana Chief Priest As EFCC Agrees Out-of-Court Resolution Amid Naira Abuse Allegations

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Celebrity bartender and entrepreneur, Pascal Okechukwu, popularly known as Cubana Chief Priest, is considering an out-of-court settlement with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) regarding the accusation of Naira abuse leveled against him.

His lawyer, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chikaosolu Ojukwu, informed the trial judge, Justice Kehinde Ogundare, of this development during Thursday’s proceedings. Chikaosolu stated that both parties have proposed settling the matter in accordance with section 14(2) of the EFCC Act.

Pending confirmation from the EFCC, Chikaosolu mentioned the possibility of withdrawing the defence’s preliminary objection to facilitate reconciliation. EFCC prosecutor, Mrs. Bilikisu Buhari, confirmed the stance conveyed by the defence counsel and informed the court that the Commission is still reviewing the application.

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Following the confirmation, the defence counsel applied for the withdrawal of the preliminary objection, which was granted without objections from the prosecution. Consequently, Justice Ogundare adjourned the case until June 5 for a report of settlement.

On April 17, Cubana Chief Priest was arraigned by the EFCC on three counts related to allegedly spraying and tampering with Naira notes during a social event at the Eko Hotel in Lagos. He pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of N10 million with two responsible sureties in like sum each.

The court specified that the sureties must be gainfully employed by the Federal or State Government, not below grade level 16, and possess landed property within the court’s jurisdiction. The property documents must be verified by the prosecution and the court.

Additionally, he was required to submit his travel passport to the court’s custody. The bail conditions were to be fulfilled within seven days, during which he was released to his lawyer, who undertook to ensure his presence in court for trial. Failure to comply would result in his remand in a correctional facility.

OvertNews recalls that in April, the EFCC also arraigned controversial cross-dresser Idris Okuneye, better known as Bobrisky, on similar charges, resulting in a six-month jail term.

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