The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has written to Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria to swiftly order the arrest of Prophet Odumeje for his constant abuse of Nigerian currency.
In a statement by Emmanuel Onwubiko who is the National Coordinator and the National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf on Sunday 11th May, 2020 confirmed that it has officially written a complaint to CBN Governor and Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari to approve the arrest of the prophet for his constant violation of naira in his ceremonies which is in line with the Section 21(3) of CBN Act 2007 that reads “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.”
According to the statement by the National Coordinator and the National Media Affairs Director “We have watched with disappointments as this self-professed 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”.
“We ask the CBN to ensure that that the legal provisions that should have protected the naira notes from abuse which are today being observed more in the breach than in compliance should be reversed.
“It is true as observed recently by a patriotic citizen that 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.
“Just as we reaffirm and re-echo the fact as stated by an observer that as it were, the law against abuse of naira has been in place for over a decade, yet the CBN is still at the stage of “awareness creation” and “sensitization” of the citizens whereas religious houses are openly celebrating the abuses of the national currency which is a legal tender that ought to be respected by the citizens and everyone in Nigeria.”