The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) branch in Lagos says it has begun an investigation of Oluwadarasimi Omoseyin, the actress, for allegedly tampering with the redesigned naira notes.
The actress was arrested on Wednesday by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for selling the new naira notes on social media.
Azuka Ogugua, the ICPC spokesperson, said the serial entrepreneur colluded with “key elements” in the financial sector to divert the new notes and sell them in the black market.
The EFCC, in a statement on Friday, said it has taken over the case from the ICPC.
The commission said the 31-year-old was arrested after the video of her spraying and stepping on the newly redesigned naira notes at a party surfaced online.
The anti-graft agency said the offense is contrary to Section 21 (5) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act, 2007.
“In the viral video, she was also seen flaunting wads of the new Naira notes,” the statement reads.
“The suspect was subsequently handed over to the EFCC on Thursday, February 2, 2023, for further investigations.
“Items recovered from her at the point of arrest include a Range Rover and iPhone mobile devices.
“The suspect will be charged to court once investigations have been concluded.”
Last Sunday, TheCable reported how the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) extended the deadline for the swap of old naira notes at commercial banks by 10 days.
Nigerians had complained about the inability to swap their old notes for new notes as the January 31 deadline came close.
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