The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has confirmed that Instagram celebrity and suspected internet fraudster, Ismaila Mustapha, also known as Mompha will be charged to court on Monday.This coming after Mompha filed a N5million suit against the commission on Wednesday, for alleged illegal detention and violation of his human rights.Mompha will now be arraigned before Justice Mohammad Liman of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi Lagos on Monday, November 25 as EFCC filed a 14-count charge bordering on alleged money laundering and other related offences.He will be prosecuted by EFCC counsel Mr Rotimi Oyedepo.
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested two brothers, Olatunji and Oluwayomi Beyioku for extorting Internet fraudsters with promises to shield them from possible arrest by the commission.The siblings were arrested in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, on Friday, November 15, 2019.
EFCC operatives had embarked on discreet investigations into the activities of the suspects when it was discovered that they were in the habit of extorting ‘Yahoo Boys’ to help them evade arrest by the anti-graft agency.According to the EFCC, “The brothers claimed to be spy police officers with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police and have ‘assisted’ the commission with information on the whereabouts of Internet fraudsters within the town, but it was discovered that they only expose those who failed to meet their demands, while others willing and ready to play ball were shielded.
It was also discovered that they had made several millions of naira sabotaging the commission’s efforts and live large therefrom.“A search conducted on the younger brother’s palatial residence along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway suggested that they may be living far above their means. “Items recovered from them include two cars, different brands of mobile phones and charms.”
The ex-Lagos CP also derided the manner the EFCC carries out its operation, saying the anti-graft agency had become a monster and the ruling government had no regard for the rule of law
A former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni, has said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has turned itself into a monster.The ex-Lagos CP also derided the manner the EFCC carries out its operation, saying the anti-graft agency had become a monster and the ruling government had no regard for the rule of lawOwoseni, who spoke during at the 12th Annual Business Luncheon of a commercial law firm, SPA Ajibade & Co. on Thursday, also said the EFCC had become a willing tool in the hands of whoever was in power.
He said, “The rule of law and the application and the enforcement is interpreted based on which side of the divide you are.“If you are any of these governors today, the rule of law is something to you; if you become the Vice President today, the rule of law is another thing to you; and we are seeing it.“Depending on which side of the divide you belong, to some of us, the EFCC has become a monster.”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has provided more insight into the lifestyle of suspected Internet fraudster, Hamza Koudeih.The anti-graft agency described Koudeih, a Lebanese resident of Eko Atlantic Pearl Tower, Lagos, as “steeped in money.”“From his $1.3m [per annum] residence in Eko Atlantic Pearl Tower to his high-end automobiles, Hamza Koudeih oozes money — all of which he made doing nothing in the country but money laundering,” the EFCC claims.
The Commission adds that Koudeih “has done [money laundering] to the tune of $19m.”In a news piece published on its website, the agency says Koudeih “is unassuming, comes off innocuous, and given to sedentary lifestyle.”“Within the local scene, he had high net worth allies that included social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha, whom the Commission picked up on Friday, 18 October, 2019 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, while he was on his way to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Mompha’s arrest laid the path to that of Koudeih,” the Commission says.EFCC claims that through investigation, it has been able to establish that while Mompha, “who camouflaged as a bureau de change operator had used his firm — Ismalob Global Investments Limited —to launder about N14bn; Koudeih, through his THK Services Limited and CHK Properties Limited had laundered about N19bn.”“Evidently, the two are kingpins in a criminal web of cyber criminals who, through the three firms, laundered a jaw-dropping N33bn,” EFCC alleges.
The EFCC claims that, apart from surveillance cameras and CCTVs that captured anyone that came within range, Koudeih’s apartment was secured three times over “with a triple reinforced fire-proof door, designed to withstand violent breaches, including bullet shots.”The Commission said it took more than three hours before its operatives could gain entry into Koudeih’s well secured apartment.“It was very difficult to gain entry. It was almost like a standoff. We had to send for reinforcement of officers and breaching tools from the office. We had to breach the triple reinforced fire-proof door before we could get in,” head Cyber crime, EFCC, said.
Disclosing the wealth of its latest catch, the agency notes, “Inside the apartment, the décor, furniture and fittings speak of Koudeih’s high taste that would leave any Arabian prince green with envy.”After his arrest, the EFCC said it also seized Koudeih’s laptop and mobile phone.They are “currently undergoing forensic check-up in the anti-corruption agency’s office,” it says; adding that the suspect will “have his day in court.
It has not been the end of the year many people have envisaged as lots of the Nigerian big boys are being exposed and taken down by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission.This has been the case following the arrest of popular Dubai big boy, Mompha who has allegedly been snitching on many other people who are in the same industry.Another people car dealer was arrested yesterday
But the gist here is popular instagram “giveaway” master, MC Galaxy and night club owner, Cubana priest are now firmly on the EFCC radar as the agency is building cases against these two.MC Galaxy has already been invited to the EFCC offices for some questioning but has not yet been arrested, just know that whenever news of their arrest comes out, we break it out to you first!
The Nigeria Police would deploy 69,282 personnel to provide security during governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States scheduled for November 16, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said on Friday.He was reacting to the fear expressed by the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu at the meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security organised by the commission in Abuja that there would be violence during the elections.
The INEC chairman had said, “There are already warning signals in the two States. Both are politically volatile. Elections have been disrupted by violence in the past. Our own risk assessment which will be shared with the security agencies at this meeting has identified some flashpoints.“We are also concerned that thugs have been mobilised from within and outside the States with the aim of either influencing the elections or disrupting the process on behalf of partisan sponsors. This calls for a robust response before the elections, on Election Day and during the process of collation and declaration of results.
Nigerians expect that by now we have learnt enough lessons from previous elections to ensure a swift security response to the increasing desperation by political actors to disrupt elections and subvert the will of the electorate. If that happens, many Nigerians will blame the electoral umpire and the security agencies. We must continue to rise to this challenge.”The INEC chairman said the commission was committed to the integrity of the process, adding that for the last seven months, “we have been working assiduously to ensure that we conduct credible elections.”
But Adamu assured that the police had been prepared to provide adequate security during the election process.The IGP said, “The police as the lead agency for internal security is ready for the election in Bayelsa and Kogi States. We are aware of the security challenges in the two states and we have made adequate provisions in terms of personnel and logistics to tackle any security challenge we might face.“In Bayelsa, we are deploying 31,041 personnel to cover the election;
in Kogi, we are deploying 35,200 personnel. This personnel is to cover every terrain in both states, no tout will be allowed in to disrupt the election, all those areas will be manned.”Adamu said that the security of INEC officials and materials was guaranteed while the INEC state offices would be protected.According to him, ward collation centres and polling units would be adequately protected as well as the offices of the Central Bank of Nigeria where the materials would be kept.
The Kwara State Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has detained sixteen local government chairmen of the state over alleged misappropriation of N4 billion loan and ten percent of the state’s internally generated revenue.The local government chairmen arrested on Friday included Risikat Opakunle, Saidu Yaru Musa, Umar Belle, Ayeni Dallas, Fatai Adeniyi Garba, Lah Abdulmumeen, Raliat Funmi Salau, Aminat Omodara, Muyiwa Oladipo.Others are, Oladipo Omole, Abdullahi Abubakar Bata, Saka Eleyele, Lateef Gbadamosi, Oni Adebayo Joseph, Omokanye Joshua Olatunji and Jibril Salihu.
The EFCC in a statement signed by Wilson Uwujaren, Head of Media and Publicity, said the commission gathered that the council chiefs after securing the controversial loans, held a meeting and decided that one hundred million naira be shared among themselves.According to the EFCC, the council bosses had on the 7th of February 2018 written to the Ilorin branch manager of Sterling Bank requesting a four billion naira loan in order to pay the salary arrears of the State Universal Basic Education Board teachers, local government staff and the local government pensioners, while the provisions for one hundred million for council chairmen were not appropriated in the request.
It alleged that the council chiefs were also accused of diverting monthly ten percent of the internally generated revenue for their personal use which was paid directly into their personal accounts.The EFCC said that all the suspects while undergoing interrogation by the operatives of the Commission admitted that N100 million was shared from the loan and also received ten percent of the internally generated revenue.The statement added, “The council bosses are now pleading with the EFCC to give them some time that they would pay back what they benefited from government’s money.”
The EFCC said that the Politicians are still in their Custody and may spend the weekend with them as of the time of filing this report.It said that they would be charged to court after the investigations had been concluded.
The EFCC Kano Zonal office has arraigned banker Jude Ameh and Ademola Aderibigbe before Justice Farouk Lawan of the Kano State High Court on a 19-count charge bordering on theft and forgery.
The complainant had alleged that one of the defendants, Ademola Aderibigbe, an employee in his Bureau de Change, connived with Jude Ameh, the account officer of his company at FCMB, to defraud him of N11,360,000.
Count one of the charge read ” That you Jude Ameh and Ademola Aderibigbe sometime in 2017 at Kano within the Jurisdiction of the High Court of Kano State did conspire between yourselves to commit an illegal act to wit: theft and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 96 of the Penal Code Law and Punishable under Section 97 of the same Law. The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them. In view of their plea, prosecuting counsel Salihu Sani asked the court for a date for hearing.
Counsel to the defendants, U.U Eteng prayed the court to hear their bail application. Justice Farouk Lawan granted the defendants bail in the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira each with reliable sureties that must have landed property within the jurisdiction of the court, which must have Certificate of Occupancy..
The Judge adjourned hearing to February 11 and 12, 2020 while the defendants are to be remanded in EFCC custody pending the fulfilment of their bail conditions.
The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has revealed that mothers of cyber fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo boys, are now forming an association.Magu revealed this moments ago.While addressing journalists at the Lagos office of the commission in Ikoyi today, Ibrahim Magu dislcosed that such parents always justify their children’s activities with the arguments that they were supporting their families in the place of irresponsible, runaway or dead fathers.Magu said the EFCC’s interest was not just to arrest the Yahoo boys but also to see to their rehabilitation.
The Instagram page of embattled Dubai-based Nigerian social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha a.k.a Mompha seems to have been deactivated days after he was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over his alleged involvement in internet fraud and money laundering.
Though no official statement has been given for Mompha’s sudden disappearance from the social media platform, this however came after his alleged Lebanese accomplice, Hamza Koudeih was arrested in his N1.8bn Lagos home alongside two other suspects.
MB reported earlier that the anti-graft agency has uncovered 51 bank accounts Mompha allegedly used for money laundering. The five wristwatches recovered from him after his arrest on Tuesday October 22, has also been found to be worth over N60 million rather than the N20 million earlier thought.