The Anambra State Police Command has saved mum on whether or not or not it might arrest and prosecute naira abusers on the burial of the mom of the Chairman of Cubana Group, Obi Iyiegbu, popularly generally known as Obi Cubana.
In response to Part 21 of the Central Financial institution of Nigeria Act, 2007, an individual who sprays the naira dangers imprisonment for a time period not lower than six months or a nice not lower than N50,000 or to each.
For days, Obi Cubana has been a social media sensation and the rave of the second, particularly with the ‘naira rain’ on the occasion in Oba, a city within the Idemili South Native Authorities Space of Anambra State. A number of movies went viral that present celebrities, enterprise individuals and politicians spray cash indiscriminately throughout a live performance held after the interment of the deceased.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra State, Ikenga Tochukwu, instructed our correspondent to ship a textual content message to his line. Our correspondent known as him again and he mentioned, “I’ll reply.” Nonetheless, he had but to reply as of the time of submitting this report as subsequent calls to his line rang out.
Equally, spokesman for the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, Wilson Uwujaren, mentioned the anti-graft company gained’t reveal its plans on the matter.
When requested in a phone interview whether or not the EFCC would go after naira abusers at Obi Cubana’s funeral, Uwujaren mentioned, “We don’t give out the plans of the fee.”
Many Nigerians are, nevertheless, divided on the spraying of naira, its acceptability and in any other case. Know-how and monetary knowledgeable, Adamu Garba, mentioned that there was the necessity for the apex financial institution to extend advocacy and sensitisation via its Clear Notes Coverage.
Commenting, Garba mentioned, “In as a lot as we want the late mom of Obi Cubana a blissful paradise relaxation, it is vital for us to additionally worth our forex as a result of as a lot as you attempt to throw forex throughout by marching it, you might be exhibiting much less worth for the forex. There’s a civil manner of giving out cash in celebration and one of the simplest ways to try this is handy over cash in a really tidy manner in order to worth the forex that can be working the worth of your nation’s economic system.
“We should always take a look at the temper. Attempting to level finger at Obi Cubana because the particular person the CBN ought to maintain accountable may not be justified. Why? As a result of he doesn’t management the group that was there; a few of the individuals there have been visibly and fortunately drunk and had been spraying cash and you can’t management them. Besides if CBN goes to have a look at the movies, pinpoint them and make them accountable individually however I feel the CBN ought to spend more cash enlightening the individuals on the worth of the naira than utilizing a prosecutorial tone.”
Additionally, civic advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Affiliation of Nigeria, in a press release by its Nationwide Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, on Monday, mentioned the spraying of naira at Obi Cubana’s occasion mustn’t represent a serious speaking level, including that there have been numerous of excessive societal capabilities the place the naira was additionally abused.
“The truth that associates and well-wishers who attended the occasion determined to indicate appreciation to Mr Obi Cubana, we within the Human Rights Writers Affiliation Of Nigeria, assume it mustn’t develop into the speaking level.
“The Central Financial institution of Nigeria beneath the present dispensation ought to reasonably be tasked by the media to confront the way more disturbing challenge of how terrorism is funded and the way armed kidnappers made up of Fulani militia within the North perform their terrorism-related actions.”
Activist Deji Adeyanju careworn that the show of wealth by Obi Cubana and his visitors had been able to luring younger individuals to committing crimes.
He mentioned, “I have no idea what they do and I don’t query the legitimacy or in any other case of their earnings. Nonetheless, societally, what they did is able to instigating younger individuals into crime as a result of regardless of how we take a look at it, we should do issues inside societal norms.”
Efforts to get the feedback of Obi Cubana proved abortive as he neither took his calls nor responded to a textual content message despatched to his line by our correspondent on Monday night.