Mompha: Why EFCC declared Instagram influencer wanted

Mompha: Why EFCC declared Instagram influencer wanted

Ismaila Mustapha, nicknamed Mompha, a well-known Instagram personality from Nigeria, has been listed as wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

As a result, the commission encouraged Nigerians who knew Mompha’s whereabouts to come forward or get in touch with the nearest police station.

On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, the anti-graft bureau made this information public via its Twitter account.

“Wanted by the EFCC: Ismaila Mustapha. Anyone with useful information as to his whereabouts should contact the EFCC or the nearest police station,” EFCC wrote.

The anti-graft agency had arraigned Mompha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Ltd, for alleged fraud.

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EFCC accused the socialite and his company of N6 billion fraud on January 12.

The EFCC charged Mompha with conspiring to launder money earned through criminal conduct; as well as laundering money obtained via illicit activity in a new eight-count complaint.

Others include failing to disclose assets and properties; using property obtained via illegal means; possessing a document with a false pretense, and keeping the proceeds of criminal activity.

He was initially given detention in the EFCC’s custody but was later released on a bond of N200 million, which he was unable to pay.

On June 10, the commission charged the socialite with disobeying a court order by using a new passport to fly to Dubai.

Due to his absence from the trial, a Lagos judge revoked his bail on June 22.

Meanwhile, the Lagos-Kano and Ajaokuta train services have reportedly been halted by the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) because of concerns of terrorist attacks.

As a result of gunmen attack on several passengers on Monday, the NRC reportedly suspended services at the Ajaokuta train station on the Warri-Itakpe route.

Managing Director of the NRC Fidet Okhiria confirmed the suspension of the train services on Tuesday.

“We have not stopped (services); rather, what we said was that we are not going to be stopping at the Ajaokuta station.

“This is because yesterday (Monday), while passengers were leaving the station…they had people shooting at them. So, we said we will not stop there again for passengers.

“The train is still running…for now, we will not be stopping at Ajaokuta because they have some concerns there. We heard that they removed their traditional ruler in that location and the local government chairman there,” he said.

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