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EFCC Told to Arrest and Charge Edo APC Governor Regarding Alleged Naira Abuse

May 13, 2024 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

The All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Edo State’s upcoming September 21 election, Monday Okpebholo, is facing potential legal consequences under the Central Bank of Nigeria Act of 2007.

A coalition of civil society organizations, collectively known as the Network of Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria, has accused Okpebholo of violating the integrity of the Nigerian currency, the naira.

According to reports, the group complained to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Okpebholo in a petition dated May 2, 2024, addressed to EFCC Chairman Ola Olukoyede.

In their petition signed by National Coordinator Victor Kalu and National Secretary Ali Abacha, the coalition alleged that the senator had engaged in acts of naira abuse and mutilation, citing the provisions of the CBN Act of 2007, which classify such actions as punishable offenses.

Expressing dismay, the coalition highlighted instances where influential individuals, including lawmakers, had violated this provision of the CBN Act.

The coalition commended the EFCC for its prompt response in apprehending and prosecuting individuals seen abusing and defacing the naira in viral videos, citing cases involving Mr. Okuneye Idris Olarewaju (Bobrisky) and Mr. Pascal Okechukwu (Cubana Chief Priest) as examples.

Furthermore, they urged the EFCC to swiftly investigate the viral video featuring Senator Monday Okpebholo, stressing the importance of holding public figures accountable for their actions.

In their statement, the coalition warned of escalating their actions if the EFCC failed to address the issue promptly. They also cautioned against selective enforcement and bias, threatening to organize peaceful protests should their concerns remain unaddressed.

Responding to the allegations, Senator Okpebholo vehemently denied them, labeling them baseless and malicious. In a press release issued in Abuja, he attributed the smear campaign to political adversaries and the opposition party, dismissing the video as depicting someone other than himself.

Asserting his innocence, Okpebholo called for an investigation into the individuals behind the petition, urging the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to prosecute them accordingly. He emphasized his commitment to serving the people of Edo State and vowed to bring the federal government closer to the people if elected governor.

In conclusion, Okpebholo reiterated his dedication to the APC and its developmental agenda for Edo State, urging voters to support him in the upcoming election.

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