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Cubana Chief Priest arrives court over naira abuse

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Nightlife entrepreneur, Okechukwu Paschal, popularly known as Cubana Chief Priest, has appeared at the Federal High Court in Lagos for his trial.

Cubana Chief Priest was brought to court around 8:45 am on Wednesday by EFCC operatives accompanied by armed police escorts.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had accused Cubana Chief Priest of naira abuse.

On Tuesday, the EFCC filed a three-count charge against the social media celebrity. According to a document filed on April 4th by the EFCC’s prosecutor Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, alongside seven other lawyers representing the chairman of the Commission, the charges read:

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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 marks a significant step in the legal process concerning the allegations against Cubana Chief Priest.

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