‘Fraud’: EFCC declares social media celebrity, Mompha, wanted

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

In a notice signed by EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwajaren, the embattled social media celebrity was wanted for fraud.

The notice read, “The general public is hereby notified that ISMAILA MUSTAPHA, whose photograph appears above, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (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 or through these numbers 09-9044751-3, 08093322644, 08183322644, 070- 26350721-3, 070-6350724-5; its e-mail address: [email protected] or the nearest Police Station and other security agencies.”

The EFCC however, charged Mustapha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Ltd, with eight counts bordering on money laundering, conspiracy to launder money obtained through unlawful activities, and laundering of money obtained through unlawful activities.

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

Justice Dada had on June 22 issued a bench warrant for Mustapha’s arrest following his absence in court. Dada also revoked the bail that was granted to the defendant. The social media celebrity was absent in court on June 16.