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EFCC Detains Cubana Chief Priest Ahead of Currency Misuse Arraignment

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has detained Pascal Okechukwu, also known as Cubana Chief Priest, ahead of his arraignment scheduled for today at the Federal High Court in Lagos. He faces charges related to the alleged misuse of the nation’s currency, a violation of the Central Bank Act of 2007.

According to EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale, Cubana Chief Priest is currently in custody and is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

The charges allege that on February 13, 2024, at Eko Hotel, Cubana Chief Priest tampered with N500 notes issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria by spraying them during a social event, contravening Section 21(1) of the Central Bank Act 2007. Similar incidents are said to have occurred at other events in 2020 and January 2024.

This action follows the recent conviction of Idris Okuneye, also known as Bobrisky, on comparable charges. The EFCC clarified that it is investigating several celebrities for alleged currency misuse and emphasized its commitment to enforcing the law.

While the EFCC appreciates public cooperation in combating currency abuse, it clarified that its focus will be on investigating and prosecuting new cases. The commission remains steadfast in its dedication to upholding the integrity of the national currency and will continue to pursue individuals involved in such activities.

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