social media celebrity Mompha re-arraigned over ‘N33b fraud’

EFCC on Wednesday re-arraigned a social media movie star, Ismaila Mustapha and his agency, Ismalob International Funding Ltd, at a Federal Excessive Courtroom, Lagos, on an amended 22-count cash laundering cost.

Mompha and his agency have been first arraigned on a 14-count rely cost final November 25, earlier than Justice Mohammed Liman, following his arrest on October 19 on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airport, Abuja.

The alleged offences, in accordance with the EFCC, contravened sections 15 (2) and 18 (3) of the Cash Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011.

The defendants pleaded not responsible and have been granted N100 million bail. Photos of Mompha on the social media depict him flaunting his piles of money. The prosecution known as 4 witnesses.

On the resumption of proceedings yesterday, EFCC counsel Rotimi Oyedepo obtained the court docket’s approval to re-arraign the defendants on an amended 22-count cost. Mompha and his agency pleaded not responsible.

Mompha’s counsel, Gboyega Oyewole (SAN) knowledgeable the court docket that the amended cost was served on him and the defendants a couple of minutes earlier than the court docket started sitting.

Oyewole prayed for a brief date to allow the defence groups research the extra counts of the cost. Oyedepo didn’t oppose him. Justice Liman adjourned until March 18 and 20, for continuation of trial.

Within the amended cost, the EFCC alleged that Mompha procured Ismalob International Investiment Ltd to retain N33.006,026,806 billion between 2015 and 2018.

He was additionally alleged to have failed to tell the anti-graft company in writing inside seven days earlier than making numerous big quantities of cash to a number of folks, together with Ikechukwu Kingsley; Ojei Osemeke; one Onuskain; Okafor Ikenna; Ik Tony International Communication; Ogbu C &C Ventures.

He was additionally stated to have engaged in overseas trade transactions with out complying with the requirement of informing the Federal Ministry of Trade, Trades and Funding.

In one other occasion, Mompha was accused of procuring one Ahmed Sarki (now deceased) to make money fee of 765, 657, 00 Euros in a industrial financial institution, to an organization, Pitacalize Ltd

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