EFCC Detains Cubana Chief Priest for Naira Abuse Ahead of Arraignment Today

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has detained businessman and socialite, Pascal Okechukwu, aka Cubana Chief Priest, ahead of his arraignment today before the Federal High Court in Lagos. He faces three counts of naira abuse for allegedly spraying and tampering with the nation’s currency at a social event, contravening the Central Bank Act of 2007.

The EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, confirmed the detention, stating that Cubana Chief Priest will be arraigned before Justice Kehinde Ogundare. In a suit filed on April 4, 2024, the EFCC accused him of tampering with N500 notes during a social event at Eko Hotel on February 13, 2024, and other occasions.

The commission also alleged similar offenses in 2020 and January 2024, during social events in Lagos. Cubana Chief Priest could face severe penalties if found guilty, as the EFCC recently convicted popular cross-dresser, Bobrisky, for similar charges, sentencing him to six months in prison.

Responding to public scrutiny, the EFCC clarified that it would focus on investigating and prosecuting new cases of naira abuse, appreciating public efforts in combating such infractions. Oyewale assured continued commitment to probing and prosecuting individuals involved in the abuse of the national currency.

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