Instagram celebrity, Ismail Mustapha also known as Mompha has been named as a defendant in the amended N157.1million fraud charge filed towards an auto vendor, Sarumi Babafemi, alias 606.
Whereas Babafemi had prior to now been accused by the EFCC of being an agent of fraud suspects named by the United State’s Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI), Mompha then again has been dealing with a separate 14-count N32.9 billion cash laundering charge since November 25, 2019.
Within the amended nine-count charge of January 22, 2021 introduced towards Babafemi and Mompha before Justice Chukwujeku Aneke on Monday February 1, two suspects recognized as Ridwan Momodu Allison, a.k.a. Osama (mentioned to be at massive) and Richard Ogbah have been additionally listed as defendants.
Babafemi, Mompha, Ridwan and Richard have been accused of laundering N157.1 million for Omojadesola Shittu Allison; Olandewaju Oriyomi; Abiola Kayode Ayorinde; Bartholomew Oluchukwu Ezeudoka and Amobi Uchenna E. who reportedly obtained the sums of N37.6 million; N93 million; N1.5 million and N25 million respectively.
Babafemi and his companies; 606 Autos Ltd, 606 Music Ltd and Splash Off Entertainment Ltd have been additionally accused of concealing and disguising the origins of the funds he allegedly laundered for Mompha and others, an offence which contravened sections 15(2)(b) and 15(3)(a) and have been punishable under section 15(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended).
The scheduled re-arraignment and trial of Babafemi and his companies on the recent cost may nonetheless not go on after EFCC’s counsel, Ayanfe Ogunshina prayed the court to permit the charge to be learn to the defendants so they may take their plea. He additionally disclosed that one of many witnesses was in court.
The defence counsel, Muiz Banire (SAN) nonetheless opposed this on grounds of being served the amended charge in court. He pleaded for time to study the new charges.
Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke who presided over the case, thereafter adjourned it until April 21, 22 and 23.