Crime & PunishmentNewsEFCC Declares Instagram Celebrity, Mompha Wanted

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

Mompha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited were arraigned by the commission over alleged N6 billion fraud on January 12.

An eight-count charge bordering on money laundering, conspiracy to launder money obtained through unlawful activities, and laundering of money obtained through unlawful activities were brought against him.

Other charges include retention of proceeds of criminal conduct, use of property derived from an unlawful act, possession of a document containing false pretenses, and failure to disclose assets.

He was remanded in the custody of the EFCC but later granted a bail of N200 million which he couldn’t fulfill. The bail sum was later slashed to N25 million.

But on 22 June, Justice Mojisola Dada of the Ikeja Special Offences Court issued a bench warrant for Mompha’s arrest and revoked the bail granted to him following his absence in court on 16 June.

Declaring the embattled Instagram celebrity wanted in a tweet on Wednesday, the anti-graft agency urged Nigerians with information on his whereabouts to contact the nearest police station.

“Wanted by the EFCC: Ismaila Mustapha. Anyone with useful information as to his whereabouts should contact the EFCC or the nearest police station,” the EFCC tweeted.

A follow-up tweet read: “The general public is hereby notified that ISMAILA MUSTAPHA, whose photograph appears above, is wanted by the EFCC in an alleged case of Retention of Proceeds of Criminal Conduct, Possession of Document Containing False Pretences, False Asset Declaration and Laundering of Proceeds of Unlawful Conduct.

“Ismaila, 38, hails from Ogbomosho Local Govt Area of Oyo State. His last know address: 21, Fagbenro Street, Idi-Araba, Surulere, Lagos State.

“Anybody with useful information as to his whereabouts should please contact the Commission in its Benin, Kaduna, Ibadan, Sokoto, Gombe, Maiduguri, Makurdi, llorin, Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Gombe, Port Harcourt, and Abuja offices.”

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)

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