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Court Dismiss Charges Against Cubana Chief Priest Over Naira Abuse

Justice Kehinde Ogundare of the Federal High Court in Lagos, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, has adopted the terms of settlement between the Celebrity bartender, Pascal Okechuku (Cubana Chief Priest) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The judge also directed Okechukwu to forfeit the sum of N10million to the Federal Government as part of an out-of-court deal the defendant agreed with the EFCC.

This was contained in the terms of settlement agreement with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which was adopted before the trial judge, Justice Kehinde Ogundare on Tuesday.

At the proceedings, Counsel for the EFCC, Bilkisu Buhari-Bala, informed the court that parties in the charge entered into the out of-court settlement and same was duly signed by both parties.

 

The defendant’s counsel, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chikaosolu Ojukwu commended the reasonable action of the anti-graft agency in having the matter resolved. He said the defendant is equally remorseful and promises to turn over a new leaf going forward.

Justice Ogundare in his short ruling adopted the terms of settlement and consequently struck out the charge.

The terms of settlement agreement pursuant to Section 14 (2) of the EFCC Establishment Act, 2004, read:

The agreement applies only to the findings relating to contraventions of the law contained tn the pending charge preferred against the defendant.

The defendant shall enter into a bond with the EFCC to be of good behaviour and never indulge in any Economic and Financial Crime or related offences.

The Defendant shall engage in rigorous and intensive sensitisation and/or campaign against the abuse of notes issued under the CBN Act as legal tender.

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