Nigeria’s anti-corruption police, EFCC, have re-arrested popular Nigerian businessman, Ismaila Mustapha, who is popularly known as Mompha.
Mompha’s arrest came after he posted a photo of himself in a plane and announced on his Instagram page that he had arrived in Nigeria after his trip.
“SkyMan has arrived in Nigeria. About to make some billions in Lagos, ” He captioned
The popular businessman had faced an arrest because of an allegation which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission placed on him.
In October 2019, the Nigeria Immigration Service arrested Mompha at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport as he was boarding an Emirates Airlines flight to Dubai after a watch list was released by the EFCC.
The EFCC took Mompha to court on charges saying he laundered money through a company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, between 2015 and 2018.
Later, in August 2020, the EFCC re-arrested Mompha on a fresh investigation, which was linked to internet fraud.
During that time, the EFCC had said that the fresh investigation was different from the earlier case.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said they re-arrested him for laundering funds obtained through the retention of alleged proceeds of crime and unlawful activities.
They added that he is currently facing trial with his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, on an amended 22-count charge.
The charge involves cyber fraud and money laundering of 32.9 billion naira.
The anti-corruption police said he used his registered companies to receive illicit funds on behalf of fraudsters from across the world in return for commission.
The Spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said the investigation revealed that they found a fraudulent transfer slip with him, adding that the account of his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited Bank, a Bureau de Change Company, domiciled in Zenith Bank Plc, was used to launder funds from unlawful activities.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission revealed that they will charge Mompha in court.
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