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Ogun Monarch In Trouble Over Alleged Naira Abuse

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Olu of Owode Egba in Obafemi Owode local government area of Ogun state, Oba Kolawole Sowemimo, has apologised to the federal government over his alleged abuse of naira.

Oba Sowemimo in a viral video, had knitted N1000 notes in form of a long rope of naira and sprayed it on the popular Fuji musician, Wasiu Ayinde while celebrating his wife’s birthday anniversary on Thursday 4th of January, 2024.

The development had generated outrage on social media with many Nigerians condemning the monarch’s action.

But the federal government through the National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Tuesday had written a letter to the monarch, threatening him a jail term with his action.

In a letter addressed to the monarch on Tuesday, the Director General, NOA, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said his action attracts imprisonment.

The letter read, “The NOA has the mandate to preserve and promote the integrity of our national symbols and we are compelled to appeal to you and indeed all traditional rulers to see it as part of your duty to preserve these symbols as part of our national culture. These symbols are icons that define us as a sovereign nation and respect for them is also respect for our country.

“Section 21 (3) of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act 2007 as amended stipulates that spraying of, dancing or matching on the naira or any note issued by the bank during social occasions or otherwise, howsoever, shall constitute an abuse and defacing of the naira or such note and shall be punishable under the law by fines or imprisonment or both.”

But while speaking with reporters on telephone interview, Oba Sowemimo said he regretted his actions, promising to desist from such acts in future.

The light-skinned monarch noted that he was carried away with the euphoria of his wife’s birthday which triggered his action.

He said, “I don’t want to argue or talk about that matter with anybody again. If I did anything wrong, I’m sorry. There are more than 1,000 videos of people spraying money, even marching on the naira notes.

“I know they picked on me because I’m a royal father and I’ve apologized that I’m sorry. What they said in the letter was like an advisory because I’m a royal father, but it will not happen again. I’m not happy with the way people are talking about me on social media. I was just carried away with the celebration of my wife. For 13years, I’ve never done any party, so I was so excited that I wanted to kill off the party, But I’m really sorry

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