Popular Nigerian socialite and Bureau De Change operator, Ismail Mustapha, alias Mompha has said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) contacted him after the arrest of internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas (a.k.a Hushpuppi).
He stated this on Saturday night while he appeared on Daddy Freeze’s Instagram LIVE.
Mompha who had once been in the EFCC net over an alleged case of fraud said he was told by EFCC to delete his social media page and maintain a low profile after the incident.
Hushpuppi was arrested by the FBI in Dubai and is facing criminal charges in the United States of conspiracy to launder money obtained through fraud.
However, Mompha said Hushpuppi’s downfall came as a result of his stubbornness and high-handedness.
When you are big, you are big. I was with FBI agents one-on-one on October 19, 2020. They questioned me but couldn’t find any incriminating evidence.
Remember that I was the one that brought Hushpuppi from Malaysia, since his arrest, people on social media have said that I will be arrested next. Some even go as far as tagging EFCC and FBI”.
On the day Hush was arrested, I received a lot of calls and tags from different people. EFCC had to call me directly to close down my social media and maintain a low profile.
My case with EFCC was because someone felt the need to punish a big boy like me, all because of BDC’. Nigerians on social media love to gossip and bad luck for rich people.
And it’s not my fault that I come from a rich home, I have even hustled all my life,” Mompha said.
EFCC while reacting to Mompha claim, the commission statement reads;
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, wishes to dissociate itself from claims by Ismaila Mustapha, alias Mompha, currently circulating in the social media, that he was advised by the Commission to maintain a low profile in the wake of the indictment of his friend, Abbas Ramon alias Hushpuppi in a $1.1m international fraud conspiracy by US Law enforcement.
The claim which did not mention the official of the Commission who supposedly gave the advice, is spurious and should be discountenanced.
The Commission is not in the business of advising suspected internet fraudsters and it is far-fetched that it would counsel one against whom it has pending criminal charge in court.
Mompha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited are facing prosecution by the EFCC on a 22-count charge alleging various offences such as retention of proceeds of unlawful activities to wit; fraud, failure to report transaction to the Commission as required by the provision of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended), negotiating foreign exchange without license, contrary to Section 5 and 29 of the Foreign Exchange Monitoring and Miscellaneous (Provisions) Act, 2004; engaging in foreign exchange transaction other than through the official foreign exchange market, contrary to provision of Section 11(1) (a) of the National Economic Intelligence Establishment Act to the tune of N32billion before Justice A. M. Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The Commission had called 10 witnesses and closed its case. But rather than enter his defense, Mompha filed a no-case submission which was overruled by the Court and called upon to open his defense.
Though, Mompha has earlier denied the statement, he said “my attention has been drawn to the false publication on all social media platforms and online news tagged ‘Mompha: EFCC told me to maintain low profile after hushpuppi’s arrest’ which is presently going viral.
This has come as a great surprise to me, as I neither made such statement or insinuated any thing of such via any means or platform. I want to use this medium to categorically state that the statement currently circulating the social media and online space is false and devoid of any iota of truth. At no time whatsoever did EFCC or any member of its staff told me to maintain low profile in relation to Hush’s arrest.
I only made reference to a minor incident that occurred last year that resulted in me deleting my pictures and later reposting them which only has to do with my personal and private affair.
I urge the the general public and my lovers to discountenance this falsehood been spread against me as same is a calculated attempt to associate me with hush’s incident which I know nothing about.
Finally, I wish to also state that the charges filed against me by EFCC is in relation to allegations of operating BDC without license and has nothing to do with or involving fraud. I am therefore not a fraudster or in anyway associated with fraudsters.