Sat. Jul 31st, 2021

Aftermath Of Alleged Rights Abuse Suit, EFCC Moves to Arraign Mompha On Monday

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a N33 billion money laundering charge against a suspected internet fraudster, Ismaila Mustapha, also known as Mompha. 

It will be recalled that Mompha through his teams of lawyers, who include Mr. Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), Demola Adefolaju, Kolawole Salami and four others, on Thursday, instituted a million fundamental rights suit, wherein, he asked the court to award N5 million against the Commission, for detaining him beyond stipulated constitutional period.

Mompha, according to the EFCC will be arraigned on 14 counts bordering on the offences before Justice Mohammad Liman of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi  Lagos. 

It was learnt that the anti-graft agency filed the charge against the defendant on November 20, through its counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo. 

The charge, signed by Oyedepo, alleged that Mompha laundered the funds through a firm, Ismalob Global Investment Ltd, between 2015 and 2018.

Islamob Global Investments is the second defendant in the charge. 

The EFCC alleged that the monies domiciled in a new generation bank, were moved in tranches of N18,059,353,413 billion and N14,946,773,393.00 billion.

 The commission further alleged that both defendants, not being a financial institution, or an authorized foreign exchange dealer, negotiated a foreign exchange transaction in the sum of N9. 416 million, N20 million, N10,437,400.00, N10 miillion, N2.46 million, N10 miillion, N100 million, N61 million, N100 million, N40.7 million and N42 million. 

The commission alleged that Mompha “between 2015 and 2018… procured Ismalob Global Investment Limited to retain the aggregate sum of N18, 059, 353, 413 billion in its account No. 5260000846 domiciled with the Bank which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of unlawful act to wit: fraud. 

Mompha, between 2015 and 2017, also allegedly aided the company “to retain the aggregate sum of N 14, 946, 773, 393.00 billion in its account No. 5260000846 domiciled in the bank from Pitacalize Limited.

 The offences according to the EFCC contravened Sections 18(3) and 15(2)(d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act. 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.

The other charges read: “That you Ismaila Mustapha and lsrnalob Global Investments Limited, on or about the 17th day of December, 2015, not being an authorized seller appointed by the Central Bank of Nigeria pursuant, negotiated a foreign exchange transaction in the sum of N9,416.700.00 (Nine Million Four Hundred and Sixteen Thousand Seven Hundred Naira) with Mr. lkechukwu Kingsley Onuzulike. 

“That you Ismaila Mustapha and lsmalob Global Investments Limited, on or about the 17th of December, 2015, not being an authorized seller appointed by the Central Bank of Nigeria pursuant to Section 5(1) of Foreign Exchange Monitoring and Miscellaneous (Provisions) Act CAP F34 LFN 2004 negotiated a foreign exchange transaction in the sum of N 20 million… “”That you Ismaila Mustapha and lsmalob Global Investments Limited, on or about the 21st December, 2015,  negotiated a foreign exchange transaction in the sum of N10,437,400.00 with Mr. lkechukwu Kingsley Onuzulike. 

“That you Ismaila Mustapha and lsmalob Global Investments Limited, on or about the 23rd day of December, 2015, not being an authorized seller appointed by the Central Bank of Nigeria, negotiated a foreign exchange transaction in the sum of N10,000,000.00 with Mr. lkechukwu Kingsley Onuzulike”.

The defendants also “on or about the 4th day of January, 2016, without authorisation, negotiated a foreign exchange transaction in the sum of N2,463,800.00. 

They also allegedly negotiated a foreign exchange transaction in the sum of N10,000,000.00, with Mr. Ojei Osemeke contrary to the law. 

In another instance, they were said to have negotiated a foreign exchange transaction in the sum of N100,000,000.00 (One Hundred Million Naira) and N61,080,000.00 (Sixty One Million, Eighty Thousand Naira) with Mr. Okafor lkenna contrary to the law. 

They did same with in the sums of N40,700.000.00 (Forty Million Seven Hundred Thousand Naira) and N42,100.000.00 (Forty Two Million, One Hundred Thousand Naira) with IK Tony Global Communications, according to the EFCC