The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Friday filed a14- count charge of fraud against Internet celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, alias Mompha, at the Federal High Court, Lagos.
This is coming one day after news surfaced of Mompha’s suit against the commission demanding damages for alleged violation of his fundamental human rights.
The EFCC accused Mompha of procuring Ismalob Global Investment Limited to retain in its bank account an aggregate of N18.05bn.
The money, the Commission alleged formed part of proceeds of unlawful act, to wit: fraud.
According to the EFCC, the offences are contrary to sections 18(c) and 15(2)(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.
Ripples Nigeria gathered that Mompha would be arraigned in court on Monday.
The internet celebrity was arrested by the EFCC in October at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, while travelling to Dubai.
The EFCC said it arrested him based on “actionable cross-border intelligence received from collaborative law enforcement agencies about his alleged involvement in the criminal activities.”
The commission said: “Ismaila, who allegedly perpetrates his fraudulent activities under the guise of being a bureau de change operator, is always seen with his little son flaunting huge amount of foreign currencies on his social media platforms.
“Investigations have also revealed that Ismaila is only using the BDC business he jointly owned with his siblings as a decoy to launder his proceeds of crime.”
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