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EFCC arrests woman for spraying N1000 notes

Investigators of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Gombe State Zonal Command, have arrested a woman identified as Janty Emmanuel for allegedly misusing Nigerian currency in the state.

Emmanuel was arrested on Monday, May 20, 2024, after intelligence services detected her spraying Naira notes at a social event.

This was revealed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the commission’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale.

The statement read in part: “Upon arrest, the suspect was shown the video in which she was dancing at G-Connect, Tumfure, Gombe State and spraying Naira notes of 1,000 naira denomination.

“She admitted to having committed the crime. She will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”

For some months now, the anti-graft agency has continued to crack down on Nigerians found guilty of abusing the naira.

In April 2024, the Federal High Court of Lagos State sentenced controversial transvestite Idris Olarewaju Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, to six months imprisonment without option of fine for abusing the naira.

Justice Abimbola Awogboro, in sentencing the convict, said the sentence would deter other persons found abusing and mutilating the naira.

Before sentencing, Bobrisky had pleaded with the court that he did not know the law on naira abuse.

He said he is a social media influencer with more than five million followers.

Then the judge told him that ignorance of the law was not an excuse.

He said, “I know, my Lord. My Lord, I wish you could give me a second chance to use my platform to inform and educate my followers about sprinkling money.

“I would make a video on my page and educate people on how to spray money.

“I will not repeat it, My Lord. I regret my actions, my Lord.”

However, famous bartender Pascal Okechukwu, popularly known as the head priest of Cubana, had struck a deal with the EFCC to settle the naira abuse charge out of court.

The High Priest of Cubana appeared before Judge Kehinde Ogundare, facing three charges related to the abuse of the national currency at a social gathering.

He allegedly sprayed and tampered with naira notes during a social event at the Eko Hotel in Lagos.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and was granted bail of N10 million.

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