Nigerian Actress Addresses Controversial Conviction Reports on Social Media
In a recent turn of events, Nigerian actress Oluwadarasimi Omoseyin, widely known as Simi Gold, has taken to social media to vehemently deny rumors circulating about her alleged six-month imprisonment for tampering with new Naira notes during a social event.
The controversy emerged after Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, reportedly convicted and sentenced Simi Gold to six months in prison for the said offense on Thursday, February 1, 2024.
The incident in question transpired on January 28, 2023, at the Monarch Event Centre in Lekki, Lagos, leading to the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charging Simi Gold with two counts. The actress pleaded “not guilty” to the charges on February 13, 2023, and was subsequently granted bail on February 15, 2023.
The charges specifically accused Simi Gold of tampering with the sum of N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) during a social occasion, an act deemed to be in violation of Section 21(1) of the Central Bank Act, 2007.
Despite the legal proceedings, Simi Gold took to her Snapchat story to set the record straight, stating, “Ignore whatever you see online. I am home and safe.” The actress directly addressed the swirling rumors, refuting any claims of imprisonment.
In related developments, on February 1, 2024, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke delivered the verdict, officially convicting and sentencing Simi Gold to six months in prison for her actions during the social event in Lagos. The charges, initially brought by the EFCC on February 13, 2023, have sparked discussions about the actress’s legal situation.
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