Ismail Mustapha, better known as Mompha, has debunked claims by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that he was being investigated for fraud.
Recall that Mompha, during a live video Instagram interview with controversial broadcaster, Daddy Freeze, had claimed that the anti-graft agency contacted him to lie low following Hushpuppi’s arrest.
Mompha said he took down his picture following Hushpuppi’s arrest, but the EFCC contacted him, ordering him to repost his picture to prevent him from being linked to Hushpuppi’s case.
In his reaction to Mompha’s claims, the EFCC stated that Mompha and his company, are Ismalob Global Investment Limited, are under investigation by the EFCC over fraud allegations.
Mompha was being tried on a 22-count charge bothering on fraud, retention of proceeds from unlawful deals and failure to report transactions to the Commission as required by the provision of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended).
The Commission’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, had earlier said that Mompha’s claims, which did not mention the office of the Commission who supposedly issued the advice, is fake and should be disregarded.
Meanwhile, Mompha, who is a Bureau-De-Change, BDC, operator, has countered the EFCC, stating that he is facing trial for operating a BDC without a licence and not fraud, as claimed by the EFCC.
”I wish to categorically state that the charges levelled against me by the EFCC are connected to allegations of operating a BDC without a licence. It has nothing to do with or involve fraud. I am therefore not a fraudster or in any way associated with fraudsters,” Mompha clarified.