Just In: EFCC arrests Cubana Chief Priest over alleged money laundering, tax fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested popular Nigerian socialite and celebrity barman, Cubana Chief Priest on charges bordering on money laundering and tax fraud, officials familiar with the matter said.

Chief Banana Priest who real name is Pascal Okechukwu, was arrested at the Lagos airport on Thursday, but anti-graft officials hushed the development amidst pressure from his associates and family, who said the matter could complicate conditions for others likely connected to the alleged racket.

According to reports, only his wife has being permitted to see him in custody.

It was not immediately clear when he would be granted bail or the level of information officials had been able to squeeze from him as of Saturday night. 

“The matter is still under investigation,” a source said anonymously. 
Cubana Chief Priest has gained nationwide acclaim as an ambassador for many national brands, including Bullet.

His arrest came weeks after his former boss, Obi Cubana was arrested by the anti-narcotics agency NDLEA.