UPDATED: Why we arrested Mompha —EFCC

October 22, 2019

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Lagos office, has arrested a renowned social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha, for an alleged involvement in internet-related fraud and money laundering.

EFCC made this known in a series of tweets via its verified Twitter handle @officialEFCC on Tuesday.

EFCC in the tweets alleges, “The suspect, a premium and first-class customer of one of the popular international airlines, was arrested on Friday 18, October 2019 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on his way to Dubai Emirate following [a] series of intelligence reports received by the Commission.”

Continuing, EFFC tweeted, “According to the EFCC operatives, actionable cross-border intelligence received from collaborative law enforcement agencies about his alleged involvement in the criminal activities further strengthened our suspicion.

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“Ismaila, who allegedly perpetrates his fraudulent activities under the guise of being a bureau de change operator, is always seen with his little son flaunting huge amount of foreign currencies on his social medial platforms.

“Investigations have also revealed that Ismaila is only using the BDC business he jointly owned with his siblings as a decoy to launder his proceeds of crime.”

The Commission further alleged that Ismaila, aka, Mompha, “has volunteered useful information to the operatives and has admitted to be reasonably involved in the first two cases he was alleged to be involved [in].

“At the point of arrest, five wristwatches with a total worth of over twenty million naira (N20,000,000.00) was recovered from him.

“The suspects will soon be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded,” anti-graft agency said.


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