Chinese National Lands In Jail For Naira Mutilation

Li Lei Lei with the mutilated naira notes.

A Chinese national has been sentenced to twenty-four months imprisonment for mutilating the Nigerian currency.

The convict, Li Lei Lei was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before Justice I. Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Tuesday, 31 May, 2022.

The convict was arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on tampering of the Nigerian note, an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 21(1) of the Central Bank of Nigeria Establishment) Act.

TheFact Nigeria reports that, according to the counts, Li Lei Lei had, on 17 May, 2022, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, tampered with two One Thousand Naira (N1,000) notes, with serial number 947882 and 114804, issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. He thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 21(1) of the Central Bank of Nigeria Establishment Act, Cap C4, Vol.1, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2010.

He pleaded “guilty” to the offence, following which the prosecution counsel, Ayanfe Ogunshina, moved to review the facts of the case.

Ogunshina narrated that the convict was arrested on May 17, 2022, while trying to board a flight to Kenya.

He also told the Court that it was while the Immigration officers were searching for drugs and incriminating items in the convict’s luggage that he angrily tore to pieces the Naira notes to the tune of Three Thousand, Two Hundred Naira (N3, 200).

Ogunshina further told the Court that the defendant was, thereafter, arrested by officers of the Department of State Security, DSS, and handed over to the EFCC for investigation and prosecution.

The prosecution tendered the voluntary statements of the convict, which was written in Mandarin and translated into English by a known interpreter to the defendant, as well as the
handover note from the DSS to the EFCC and the shredded Naira notes.

Ogunshina, upon presenting his case, urged the court to convict him as charged and sentence him accordingly.

Justice Oweibo found the defendant guilty and sentenced him to six months imprisonment on each count, with an option of fine in the sum of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000.00).


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