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Nigerian socialite charged for throwing money in the air

Nigerian socialite and businessman Cubana Chief Priest has become the latest local celebrity to be accused of banknote misuse.

The socialite, whose real name is Pascal Okechukwu, pleaded not guilty to three counts of banknote misuse during a trial on Wednesday.

Authorities say he threw money in the air at several social events.

This is technically a violation, as banknotes fall to the ground where they can be trampled on.

The practice, known as “spraying”, is often done at Nigerian weddings and parties.

The money is thrown to the guests to pick up and take away.

On Tuesday, Nigeria’s elite anti-crime agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said it was leading a fight against “all forms of naira.” [the currency] abuse”.

The EFCC accused Okechukwu of spray painting and tampering with 500 naira banknotes during events held in the Nigerian capital Lagos this year.

After being arraigned at the Lagos Federal High Court, Okechukwu was granted bail of 10 million naira ($8,600; £6,970).

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Just two weeks ago, popular internet personality Bobrisky was sentenced to six months in prison for a similar crime.

In February, actress Oluwadarasimi Omoseyin was also sentenced to six months in prison for spraying and stepping on new naira notes.

On Sunday, the EFCC said several celebrities were under investigation for allegedly misusing the notes, and “many of them have made helpful statements” to investigators.

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