Alleged internet fraudster and Instagram celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha alias Mompha have finally spoken out about his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The agency arrested him on October 18, 2019, for alleged Internet fraud, money laundering, and operating illegal foreign exchange business.
He was arraigned before Justice Abdullai M. Liman led Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on 25 November 2019 on a 14-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N33bn. The EFCC released him on bail on Tuesday.
Mompha’s Side of the story
His arrest was said to be an outcome of intelligence sharing between the EFCC, Interpol and the FBI. However, in his lengthy Instagram post, Mompha noted that his arrest was strictly the brainwork of the EFCC contrary to earlier reports.
He disclosed that the order for his arrest came from one of the heads in the EFCC, Lagos branch who has his travel details. He noted that the agencies questioned the funds which came to his account between 2015 to 2017 and he defended himself.
Mompha lamented how the EFCC alleged that he was involved in “Internet fraud, BEC, cyber fraud” and linked him to 51 bank accounts which he said he knows nothing about.
He said: “I was in their custody for 40days which no evidence of fraud was found on me. After my lawyer sued them for keeping me for Long on, 22nd of November they gave me my charge sheet for 14 counts of money laundering on a Legit business I did with a mobile company in Nigeria.
“Now I know it’s a crime to be a Nigerian. I was shocked when I came out to see people calling me different names like a fraudster, Criminal, Yahoo boy.”
He also distanced himself from the allegation that alleged fraudsters Kayode Philips and Hamza the Lebanese were his accomplices. He insisted that he doesn’t know them until he met with them in EFCC custody in Lagos.
See his Instagram post containing his explanation and pictures of 14 count charges the EFCC levelled against him. Slide to see more:
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In Every situation you find urself prayer is the only Key!! l was arrested on october 18 2019 by Efcc not interpol or Fbi, No interpol or Fbi is looking for me cos i dont knw where all these stories are coming from and the order of my arrest came from one of their head in lagos because he has my travel details, which i asked what was my offence but he told me till u get to lagos when i got to lagos on october 19 2019 he showed me my bank statement and ask me about the funds which came to my account btw 2015 to 2017 which i defended all. To my greatest suprise the next thing they did was to post that i was involve in internet fraud, BEC, cyber fraud and also 51 bank accounts which such never happened and it went viral worldwide what kind of country are we in nothing like investigation they tried to tarnish my image but God pass them, I was in their custody for 40days which no evidence of fraud was found on me After my lawyer sued Them for keeping me for Long on 22nd of November they gave me my charge sheet for 14 counts on money laundering 😳 on a Legit Business i did wit a mobile company in nigeria Now i knw its a crime to be a nigerian, I was shock when i came out to see people calling me different names like fraudster, Criminal, Yahoo boy which i have never defraud anyone or steal from anyone also no petition on me or any one or company reported me , They did this to me because of Hate, Enviness, Jealousy… First i need to clear the air on something i met Hamza the lebanese guy on october 24th 2019 at Efcc office for the first time in my life and also kayode philips i dont know why they have to lie that he is my partner and my accomplice 😡 why all these lies just to bring me down But now am Stronger and wiser!!! May Almighty Allah Help me in this Big situation (Amin). Now the whole world knows what they charge me for as the case is in court and my trial has begin!!! Special Thanks to my Strong wife and my family and my Real friends who stood by me During this trial of life ❤️❤️❤️