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General News of Thursday, 4 August 2022


EFCC declares Mompha wanted

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha, a wanted person.

The commission said this in a statement issued on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

In the statement EFCC urged the general public to contact the anti-graft agency with any useful information about the whereabouts of Moompha.

"Wanted by the EFCC: Ismaila Mustapha. Anyone with useful information as to his whereabouts should contact the EFCC or the nearest police station," the brief statement read.

Mompha, and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, is currently being prosecuted by EFCC, on an eight-count charge bordering on ''conspiracy to launder funds obtained through unlawful activity, retention of proceeds of criminal conduct, laundering of funds obtained through unlawful activity, failure to disclose assets and property, possession of documents containing false pretence and use of property derived from unlawful act.''

One of the counts reads: "Ismaila Mustapha, Ahmadu Mohammed (at large) and Ismalob Global Investment Limited, sometime in 2016, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired amongst yourselves to conduct financial transactions to the tune of N5,998,884,653.18 ( Five Billion Nine Hundred and Ninety-eight Million Eight Hundred and Eighty-four Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty-three Naira Eighteen Kobo) with the intent of promoting the carrying on of specified unlawful activities to wit: obtaining by false pretence."

Mompha however, pleaded "not guilty" to the charges, prompting the commencement of his trial where he was remanded into EFCC custody. He was later granted bail of N200 million but he failed to meet his bail condition. His bail was then reduced to N25 million.

On Thursday, June 16, the trail was stalled as the defendant was absent.

The EFCC accused Mompha of flouting the court's order on June 10 when he travelled to Dubai with a new international passport.

Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, revoked the N200m bail earlier granted to the suspect and also issued a bench warrant for his arrest due to his absence from trial.

Defence counsel, Mr. Kolawole Salami, prayed the court for an extension of time to bring back the defendant to court.

The case has since been adjourned to September 11.

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