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"I Am Not An Accomplice" -Mompha Counters EFCC'S Claim

Posted by Amarachi on Wed 25th Aug, 2021 - tori.ng

Mompha countered EFCC's claim, saying it is a false and mischievous story with the intent of gaining public followership.

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Mompha

Popular Nigerian socialite, Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha has released a statement, debunking claims of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission who fingered him as an accomplice in a money laundering case against Lebanese suspect, Hamza Koudeih who was arrested at his residence in Eko Atlantic Pearl Tower in 2019.

The anti-graft agency earlier today, released a statement titled "EFCC Opposes Mompha's Accomplice, Koudeih's Application For Foreign Medical Checkup".

In the statement, the EFCC said Koudeih is being "prosecuted alongside one Kayode Phillips, both of whom are alleged accomplices of Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha, before Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos for alleged money laundering."

The defendants were also described as "high-valued targets in Organized Cyber Syndicate Network, OCSN, were arraigned on November 28, 2019 on 25-count charges, bordering on conspiracy and money laundering."

Mompha however countered the claim, saying it is a "false and mischievous story" with an intent of gaining public followership.

He reiterated that he has no connection or affiliation with the supposed Hamza Kondeih and Kayode Phillip, and is also not a party to the criminal charge filed against them at the Federal High Court, Lagos. He also said that he has never had any business relation with the above names persons to the knowledge of EFCC.

Alleging that the EFCC is out to smear his name, he concluded by saying that the suit filed against him by the EFCC which is still pending, is in relation to operation of BDC without license and has nothing to do with fraud, cybercrime or internet scam.

 He Wrote;

"I AM NOT AN ACCOMPLICE AS ERRONEOUSLY (FALSELY) STATED BY EFCC

My attention has been drawn to a social media post by the official Instagram handle of the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) now been circulated in the news, blogs and several social media outlet tagged ‘EFCC opposes Mompha’s Accomplice Kondeih’s application for foreign medical checkup’.

It has come as a surprise to me that the official page of an anti-graft agency such as the EFCC would post a false and mischievous story with my name as the headline with the intent of gaining public followership.

I wish to state categorically that I do not have any connection or affiliation in any manner whatsoever with the supposed Hamza Kondeih and Kayode Phillip. I am neither a party to the criminal charge filed against them at the Federal High Court, Lagos nor do I have any business relation with the above names persons to the knowledge of EFCC.

The publication by EFCC is a clear indication that EFCC is all out to smear my name in the eye of the public all in a bid to generate public sympathy despite the pendency of a completely different matter filed by them against me before the Federal High Court, Lagos.

It is important to state that the matter filed against me by the EFCC which is still pending is in relation to operation of BDC without license and has nothing to do with fraud, cybercrime or internet scam, one is therefore left to wonder why the EFCC is hell bent in using media trial to link me with cybercrime and fraud related offences by tagging me ‘an accomplice’ to an offence I have no knowledge about.

Let me emphatically state that the only time I encountered Hamza and Kayode was at the EFCC office in Lagos where the EFCC brought them to my presence and I categorically stated that I do not know these people and do not have any business dealing with them likewise the two of them also said they do not know me which is the more reason why EFCC was unable to arraign me along with them in relation to the offences for which they are being prosecuted.

I therefore urge my teeming fans and the general public to discountenance the mischievous and malicious falsehood been spread against me by the EFCC."

 



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