Cubana Chief Priest (1)

Pascal Okechukwu, popularly known as Cubana Chief Priest, Nigerian businessman and socialite, has reacted to his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged naira abuse after perfecting his N10 million bail condition with two sureties in like sum.

Okechukwu, while taking to his Instagram handle shortly after his arraignment on Wednesday, said he was not small, and that money was water.

He wrote, “Seeing all your messages and love. I’m so humbled. Now it’s confirmed CP (Cubana Priest) is not small. Money na water (sic).”

The Informant247 reports that the Federal High Court in Lagos State granted Cubana Chief Priest N10m bail with two sureties in like sum after pleading not guilty to tampering and abusing the naira during his trial.

The celebrity barman was arraigned before Justice Kehinde Ogundare on three counts bordering on abuse of naira by allegedly spraying and tampering with the nation’s currency at a social event, contrary to the provisions of the Central Bank Act of 2007.

He also was alleged to have sprayed the naira on February 13, 2024, at Eko Hotel.

Additionally, Cubana Chief Priest was said to have committed the offences while dancing during a social event.

He was also reported to have tampered with funds in the denomination of N500 notes issued by the CBN by spraying the same for two hours.

In the charge marked FHC/L/ 246/2024, obtained by The PUNCH, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission alleged that sometime in 2020, during a social event in Lagos, Cubana Chief Priest tampered with funds in the denomination of N500 issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria, by spraying the same for two hours.

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.”

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