According to the EFCC, social media star Ismaila Mustapha, aka Mompha, has been named a wanted criminal.
According to a statement released by the anti-graft agency on Wednesday, August 3, anyone with knowledge on his whereabouts should get in touch with the organisation.
“Ismaila Mustapha is a wanted person by the EFCC. If you have any information on his whereabouts, you should get in touch with the EFCC or your local police “the succinct statement that was read.
Mompha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, are being investigated by the EFCC on eight counts, including “conspiracy to launder funds obtained through unlawful activity, retention of proceeds of criminal conduct, laundering of funds obtained through unlawful activity, failure to disclose assets and property, possession of documents containing false pretence, and use of property derived from unlawful act.””.
“Ismaila Mustapha, Ahmadu Mohammed (at large) and Ismalob Global Investment Limited conspired to conduct financial transactions to the tune of N5,998,884,653.18 (Five Billion Nine Hundred and Ninety-Eight Million Eight Hundred and Eighty-Four Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty-three Naira Eighteen Kobo) sometime in 2016, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with the intent of promoting”
His trial was set to begin after he entered a plea of “not guilty.”
On his release, he received bail of N200 million from the EFCC, which he failed to honour. Subsequently, the bail was lowered to N25m.
Thursday, June 16, 2022, was a day that the trial was put on hold due to the absence of the defendant.
By flying to Dubai on June 10 with a new international passport, he was accused by the EFCC of violating the court’s order.
An Ikeja, Lagos, court on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, cancelled the N200 million bail given to the suspect and issued a bench warrant for his arrest because he had failed to appear for his trial, reports the New York Times.
A request for an extension of time for the defendant’s return to court was made by his defence attorney, Mr. Kolawole Salami.
The case was adjourned to September 21, 2022, by the judge.