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N32.9bn Fraud: EFCC Re-arraigns Social Media Celebrity, Mompha




Social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha popular as  Mompha has been re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over an alleged N32.9billion fraud.

Mompha was arraigned before Justice Mohammed Liman of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

A statement signed on Wednesday, March 4 by Tony Orilade, Acting Head, Media and Publicity of the anti-graft agency revealed the re-arraignment.

Recall that Mompha was initially arraigned by the Lagos zonal office of the EFCC alongside his company, Ismalob Ventures on November 25, 2019.

Mompha was arraigned on a 14-count charge bordering on fraud, money laundering and running a foreign exchange business without the authorisation of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The defendant had pleaded “not guilty” to the charge and was granted bail in the sum of N100million with one surety in like sum.

Thereafter, the prosecution subsequently opened its case and presented witnesses from the CBN and the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering, SCUML, the statement noted.

At the resumed sitting today, counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, informed the court of a second amended charge against the defendant and also urged the court to allow a fresh plea by the defendant.  “The amended 22-count charge was, thereafter, read to the defendant, who again pleaded “not guilty”. “In view of his plea, the defence counsel, Gboyega Oyewole, SAN, urged the court to grant a short adjournment to enable him to study the new charge. “Oyewole further told the court that he had only seen the new charge a few minutes before the court commenced sitting. “Oyewole, therefore, urged the court to allow him to study the same. “Justice Liman granted the prayers of the defence and adjourned the matter to March 18, 2020, for the continuation of trial,” the statement read.

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