Popular socialite Pascal Okechukwu, widely known as Cubana Chief Priest, has relocated his business from the southeast to Lagos due to escalating insecurity. The nightlife promoter cited concerns over kidnappings and violence as major factors influencing his decision.

In a recent interview with BBC Igbo, Cubana Chief Priest explained, “Why I came to Lagos to do business is that most of our siblings are scared to go home… cause if they come home, I will do my business.”

He highlighted the pervasive hunger in the South-East and noted that local criminals often receive information from community members. “Our people began targeting the wealthy, so the wealthy stopped returning home during festivities. That is why I moved to Lagos to conduct my business,” he added.

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Cubana Chief Priest is currently embroiled in a legal battle over alleged abuse of the naira. A Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned the case against him until June 25. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned him on April 17 on a three-count charge of allegedly spraying and tampering with naira notes during a social event at Eko Hotel in Lagos.

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He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail set at N10 million. The case has attracted significant attention, adding to the public intrigue surrounding his move to Lagos.

The move underscores the impact of regional insecurity on business decisions, as entrepreneurs seek safer environments to operate. As Cubana Chief Priest settles into Lagos, his story highlights broader issues of safety and economic stability in Nigeria.