EFCC set to arraign Cubana Chief Priest on charges of Naira abuse

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a three-count charge against the well-known Instagram personality Pascal Okechukwu, also known as Cubana Chief Priest. The charges allege that he engaged in the act of spraying and tampering with the naira at a social event, contravening the provisions of the Central Bank Act of 2007.

Cubana Chief Priest is scheduled to appear for arraignment on Wednesday, April 17th, before Justice Kehinde Ogundare of the Federal High Court, Lagos.

Channels Television obtained a copy of the charge, which was filed on April 4th by the EFCC’s prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN), along with seven other lawyers representing the chairman of the Commission.

In Count 1, it was alleged, “that you, Okechukwu Pascal on 13th Feb. 2024, at Eko Hotel, within the jurisdiction of the court, while dancing during a social event, tampered with funds in the denomination of N500 (Five Hundred Naira) 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”.

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 (Five Hundred Naira) 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”.

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 (Five Hundred Naira) issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria by spraying same and you thereby committed an offence, contrary to and punishable under Section 21(1) of the Central Bank Act 2007”.

The arraignment is coming days after the EFCC arraigned controversial cross-dresser Idris Okuneye better known as Bobrisky on similar charges for which he was sentenced to a six months jail term.