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NEWS UPDATE: Alleged fraudster Mompha gives EFCC deadline to apologize

NEWS UPDATE: Alleged fraudster Mompha gives EFCC deadline to apologize

An alleged fraudster, Ismaila Mustapha a.k.a. Mompha, has asked the Economical and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to apologize over an alleged libellous publication.

Mompha made the demand in a letter of the alphabet signed by his lawyer, Gboyega Oyewole.

The Instagram celebrity warned the EFCC that failure to comply within 14 days will cause him to take legal activity.

Oyewole said the anti-graft agency’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren made a libellous and defamatory statement in relation to Mompha.

The legal practitioner insists his client is not a criminal or fraudster as painted in the publication and had nil to do with convicted Hamza Koudeih (HK).

Finally week, Justice Tijjani Garba Ringim of the Federal High Tribunal in Ikoyi, Lagos, convicted and sentenced Koudeih, a Lebanese, to one-year imprisonment.

Koudeih and Kayode Phillips were arraigned by the EFCC on Nov 28, 2019, before Justice Muslim Hassan on a 25-count bordering on conspiracy and money laundering.

Uwujaren described the duo and Mompha as high-valued targets in Organised Cyber Syndicate Network who engaged in various cyber crimes.

In one of the counts, EFCC said Phillips (a.k.a Vocalisation of the Rex) and Koudeih (a.k.a. HK), in May 2019, converted the aggregate amount of $7,069,000; £1 million and €80,000, section of proceeds of fraud.

Their offence was opposite to Sections 18 (a), 15 (2)(d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Human activity, 2015 and punishable under subdivision 15(3) of the same Human activity.

Uwujaren disclosed that Koudeih approached the prosecution for a plea deal and that EFCC, through its counsel Rotimi Oyedepo, filed the understanding with an amended charge on September 8, 2021.

Delivering judgment, Justice Ringim sent Koudeih to prison house but gave him an alternative N1 milllion fine.

He ordered forfeiture of HK’s N100 million in a bank account owned by CHK Asset Investment Ltd; Mercedes Benz GLE43; 2 iPhones and an HP Desktop computer to the Federal Regime.

In his letter of the alphabet, Oyewole told the EFCC that nowhere in whatsoever of the charges against Koudeih was Mompha mentioned nor found to be an accomplice.

The lawyer informed the commission that Mompha has never been convicted of whatsoever offense in Nigeria fifty-fifty though he faces charges on offences bordering on operating a Bureau de Modify (BDC) without a licence.

“It is embarrassing that an organisation of EFCC’s level would hastily defame a suspect, who to their knowledge is existence prosecuted by the organisation and has not been convicted of whatsoever offense known to law in Nigeria.

“We want to asking that the organisation through its image maker Wilson Uwajaren retract the blanket statement against our client forthwith and with the same publicity as was given to his preceding press release on the matter.

“Whether you neglect to listen the asking of our client within 14 days of the receipt of this letter of the alphabet, we shall be constrained to proceed to the tribunal of law against your organisation for exemplary damages for injurious falsehood”, the letter of the alphabet added.

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