urged Governor Godwin Emefiele of the Central Bank of Nigeria to order the
arrest of the notorious Onitsha-based prophet Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere, also
known as Odumeje for his serial abuses of the Nigerian naira and other
denominations during his public ceremonies in Onitsha.
Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf on Sunday in a statement said it had
resolved to write officially to the Minister of Finance, CBN governor and
President Muhammadu Buhari to implore them to defend the naira against global
defacing of the naira notes.
prophet Odumuje kept abusing and defacing the national currency and both the
Police and the CBN have failed for many months to stamp their authorities and
prosecute these serial abusers of the national currency, the statement reads.
should have protected the naira notes from abuse which are today being observed
more in the breach than in compliance should be reversed.
quite disappointingly, CBN and the security agencies have had their eyes
glue-closed while the nation and its inhabitants suffer from preventable abuses
of the national currency.
Observer, that the law against abuses of naira has been in force for more than
a decade, and the CBN is still at the stage of “creating
consciousness” and “sensitizing” people, while religious houses
are openly celebrating abuses of the national currency, which is a legal tender
that should be protected by citizens and residents.
2007 “spraying of, dancing or matching on the Naira or any note issued by the
Bank (CBN) during social occasions or otherwise howsoever shall constitute
abuse and defacing of the Naira or such note and shall be punishable under
Sub-section 1 of this section.”
notes, warning that anyone caught would risk six months imprisonment or pay a
fine of N50,000.”