The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reacted to a recent crime advisory claim made by popular Nigerian socialite, Ismaila Mustapha, also known as ‘Mompha’. ayokinews.com reports
Mompha had recently in an interview with popular Nigerian media personality, Daddy Freeze, revealed that during the course of his money laundering trial with the EFCC, an official of the commission advised him to keep on a low profile.
Reacting to the claim made by Mompha, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), further debunked the allegation in a statement made public by its Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren.
The statement reads; “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission wishes to dissociate itself from claims by Ismaila Mustapha, alias Mompha, currently circulating in the social media, that he was advised by the Commission to maintain a low profile in the wake of the indictment of his friend, Abbas Ramon alias Hushpuppi in a $1.1m international fraud conspiracy by US Law enforcement.
“The claim which did not mention the official of the Commission who supposedly gave the advice, is spurious and should be discountenanced.
“The Commission is not in the business of advising suspected internet fraudsters and it is far-fetched that it would counsel one against whom it has pending criminal charge in court.
The commission also revealed that Mompha and his alleged company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, are still facing corruption trial on a 22-count charge suit.
“Mompha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited are facing prosecution by the EFCC on a 22-count charge alleging various offences such as retention of proceeds of unlawful activities to wit; fraud, failure to report transaction to the Commission as required by the provision of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended), negotiating foreign exchange without license, contrary to Section 5 and 29 of the Foreign Exchange Monitoring and Miscellaneous (Provisions) Act, 2004; engaging in foreign exchange transaction other than through the official foreign exchange market, contrary to provision of Section 11(1) (a) of the National Economic Intelligence Establishment Act to the tune of N32billion before Justice A. M. Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.
“The Commission had called 10 witnesses and closed its case. But rather than enter his defence, Mompha filed a no-case submission which was overruled by the Court and called upon to open his defence,” EFCC stated.