The Ikeja Special Offence Court has ordered suspected internet fraudster Ismailia Mustapha popularly known as Mompha, to be remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for conspiring to launder N5.9 billion.
Mompha, rearrested on Monday, was arraigned alongside his company, Ismalob Global Investment Ltd, on a fresh eight-count fraud charge.
He currently faces trial at the Federal High Court Lagos on 22-count fraud charges against him by the EFCC.
The social media celebrity pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to launder funds obtained through unlawful activity, laundering of funds obtained through unlawful activity, and retention of proceeds of criminal conduct.
Other charges are using property derived from unlawful acts, possession of documents containing false pretence, and failure to disclose assets and properties.
The lead EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, requested a trial date following the arraignment. However, the defence counsel, Gboyega Oyewole, informed the court that he had filed a bail application that had been served on the prosecution.
Responding, Mr Oyedepo asked for time to respond to the bail application of the defence.
According to the EFCC, Mompha committed the alleged offence between 2016 and 2019 in Lagos.
The defendant is alleged to have conspired alongside Ahmadu Mohammed, now at large, to conduct N5.9 billion worth of financial transactions to commit the offence of obtaining by false pretence.
The prosecution alleges that the defendant also conducted other illegal transactions.
The EFCC alleged that Mompha, on February 11, 2019, transferred N15.9 million to Naptown Records and, on February 13, 2019, transferred N20 million to Wisegate Sleek System.
On February 3, 2020, the defendant allegedly had a document containing false pretence titled ‘Select Milk Producer J.P Morgan’, used to defraud Continental Dairy Facilities LLC.
The EFCC also alleged that on October 20, 2019, Mompha failed to furnish information concerning his interest in expensive watches such as a Rolex, a Hublot, two Piguet wristwatches, an iPhone 8 worth N70 million.
“This is required on page 10 of the Declaration of Assets Forms and is, therefore, an offence,” the prosecutor said.
The alleged offences violate sections 5(1) 6, 7 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and Sections 7, 18 and 27(3) of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004.
Justice Mojisola Dada adjourned the case until January 18 for a bail application hearing.
IPOB leader Kanu defies judge, wears Fendi designer cloth to court
On Wednesday, the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, reappeared in court in the same Fendi designer cloth he wore on Monday, defying Justice Binta Nyako.
On Monday, the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had ordered Mr Kanu not to wear the same attire he has since worn for all his trials after his re-arrest in June 2021.
“I don’t want to see him in these cloths again. This one is almost off-white,” the judge had demanded.
However, counsel to the attorney general of the federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, Shuaibu Labaran, told the judge that Mr Kanu disobeyed the court order.
“The case is adjourned until today for arraignment. But before then, I crave the indulgence of your Lordship because you gave an order that the defendant should not appear in this cloth,” he stated. “But the defendant (Kanu) chose to wear the same clothes because it is a designer.”
Mr Labaran also informed the court that the DSS had complied with the court order by procuring an orthopaedic mattress and pillows for the IPOB leader to make him comfortable in detention.
But Mr Kanu’s, Mike Ozekhome, disagreed his client refused to wear other cloths.
He said though they got him a set of other cloths before finishing the day’s activities on Monday, it was a bit late, and they could not hand them over to him.
He assured that Mr Kanu would appear in other clothes next time.
Mr Ozekhome commended the SSS for complying with the court order by procuring the orthopaedic mattress and pillows for his client to make him comfortable.
Mrs Nyako said the cloths could be handed to the legal officer that came with the security outfit.
Buhari’s dictator background saved Nigeria from collapse: Gov. Ayade
Cross River Governor Ben Ayade says President Muhammadu Buhari’s military background saved the country from collapse, but Nigerians don’t know.
“Perhaps, if it was not Buhari’s administration with his military background, the country would have collapsed at this stage,” Mr Ayade said, though Nigeria insecurity has worsened since Mr Buhari assumed power in 2015.
Mr Ayade, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to APC last year, further claimed that Nigerians were ignorant of the danger Mr Buhari had saved Nigeria.
“People don’t know that because if you have been able to avoid risk, Mr Ayade explained, “nobody can see it because it was avoided. I think the situation could have been worse.”
Boko Haram and bandits have continued to kill and kidnap for ransom, while agitations for secession continue to threaten Nigeria’s unity.
Last week, bandits killed over 200 Nigerians in communities in Zamfara.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello disclosed that over 200 citizens had been killed and more than 200 abducted in 17 in Niger.
EFCC detains Fashola money man Supo Shasore
A former attorney general and commissioner for justice in Lagos Olasupo Shasore is being grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives.
A source close to the commission disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday.
The source added that the ex-commissioner arrived at the headquarters of the EFCC on Tuesday afternoon.
According to the source, Mr Shasore is being quizzed over his role in the Process and Industrial Development scam.
Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson for EFCC, declined to comment on the development when contacted.
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