Tuesday, 22 October 2019
EFCC confirms the arrest of Mompha, publishes a statement and photos
Allegation of Internet Fraud and Money Laundering: EFCC Arrest Ismaila Mustapha, Also Known As Mompha
EFCC, the Lagos office, has arrested a social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, known as Mompha for his alleged involvement in Internet fraud and money laundering.
The suspect, a high-end client of one of the major international airlines, was arrested on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, as he was heading to the emirate of Dubai after a series reports received by the Commission.
According to EFCC officials, "cross-border potentially prosecutable information received from law enforcement agencies collaborating on their alleged involvement in criminal activities has reinforced our suspicion".
Ismaila, who allegedly committed his fraudulent activities under the pretext of being an exchange bureau operator, is still seen with his grandson displaying a large number of foreign currencies on his social platforms.
The investigations also revealed that Ismaila only used BDC's business, which she owned jointly with her brothers, as a lure to launder her proceeds of crime.
However, the suspect provided useful information to the agents and admitted to having been reasonably involved in the first two cases in which he was allegedly involved.
At the time of arrest, five wristwatches worth over twenty million nairas were found (20,000,000).
The suspects will soon be indicted in court as soon as the investigation is over.