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Actress Faces Six-Month Jail Term for Disrespecting New Naira Notes in Landmark Court Decision

February 1, 2024

Photo Credit: @Official EFCC/X

 

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke convicted and sentenced actress Oluwadarasimi Omoseyin to six months in prison for her involvement in spraying and stepping on the new Naira notes during a social event in Lagos.

Omoseyin, initially pleading ‘not guilty’ to two charges filed by the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC, changed her plea to ‘guilty’ during the resumed hearing. The charges were related to tampering with the sum of N100,000.00 issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria, in violation of Section 21(1) of the Central Bank Act, 2007.

The prosecution, led by Z.B. Atiku, presented evidence, including a review of the defendant’s statement taken under caution, forensic reports of her phone, and video footage from the event. Despite a plea for leniency by the defense counsel, Justice Aneke sentenced Omoseyin to six months imprisonment effective from Thursday, with the option of a N300,000.00 fine.

The arrest and subsequent conviction came after a viral video surfaced online, showing Omoseyin disrespecting the newly redesigned Naira notes at a party. Operatives of the ICPC arrested her, and at the time of apprehension, a Range Rover was among the items recovered from the actress along Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

 

 

Credit: Na

 

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