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4th July 2022

Mr Mompha Threatens EFCC With Libel Suit Over Koudeih

Mr Mompha Threatens EFCC With Libel Suit Over Koudeih
Mr Mompha Threatens EFCC With Libel Suit Over Koudeih

Mr Mompha who is a popular Nigerian Instagram celebrity, has filed a libel suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for linking him with a Lebanese fraudster, Hamza Koudeih.

Mr Hamza Koudeih was jailed a few days ago for fraud related offences in Abuja.

In a post on Thursday 16th September 2021, put up by Mr Mompha whose real name is Ismaila Mustapha, posted a snap of the suit filed by his Lawyers against the EFCC, where he issued a 14-days notice to the anti-graft agency to retract and apologise for the libellous and defamatory publication made against his person by the EFCC on the 13th of September 2021.

Mr Ismaila Mustapha in the statement directed to Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC spokesperson, also threatened to proceed to the court of law for exemplary damages for injurious falsehood and malicious publication.


Mr Ismaila Mustapha said:

I have through my lawyers demanded a retraction and apology for the libellous and defamatory publication made against my person by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the 13th of September 2021. This forms part of the series of other publications and calculated attempts by the EFCC to defame me without due regard for the truth and the correct position of facts. I, therefore, shall not hesitate to take legal action against the EFCC if they fail to offer a retraction of the publication and tender an apology to me within the next 14 days,” he said.

The lawyers to Mompha also noted the following in their statement saying:

Our client is not a criminal as painted in the said publication,

Our client does not know this man called Koudeih and has anything to do with him, and nowhere in any of the charges against him has our client mentioned or found to be his accomplice,

Our client has never been convicted of any crime in Nigeria even though he is charged with offences bothering on operating a Bureau De charge (BDC) without a license, but has not been convicted as the trail is ongoing” the statement said.

Why Is Mompha Demanding A Retraction From EFCC?

EFCC had a few days ago, in a post on their official social media page stated that Mompha’s Accomplice, Hamza Koudeih has been jailed and was to forfeits N100m, Car to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The post titled: “Mompha’s Accomplice, Hamza Koudeih Bags One Year Jail Term, Forfeits N100m, Car To FG” stated that:

“Justice Tijjani Garba Ringim of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has convicted and sentenced an internet fraudster, Hamza Koudeih, to one year imprisonment.

Koudeih alongside Kayode Phillips were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, November 28, 2019, before Justice Muslim S. Hassan on a 25-count charge bordering on conspiracy and money laundering.

The defendants, who are high-valued targets in Organized Cyber Syndicate Network, OCSN, were arrested for their alleged involvement in various cyber crimes and money laundering,” the statement added.

This will not be the first time that Mr Mompha has denied the claims by EFCC that he is a fraudster, as in August, while speaking in an Instagram Live chat with a popular Lagos Presenter, Daddy Freeze, the Dubai-based Nigerian internet celebrity, countered the EFCC’s rebuttal wherein it said he (Mompha) is being tried for fraud.

“I had to remove my picture (after Hushpuppi’s arrest), EFCC had to call me directly to post my picture back because it will look as if maybe I was involved,” he said.

But in its response to Mompha’s claims, the EFCC said Mompha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, are facing prosecution by the EFCC on a 22-count charge alleging various offences.

They include: ‘‘retention of proceeds of unlawful activities to wit; fraud, failure to report the transaction to the Commission as required by the provision of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended)’’.

In a now-deleted statement on his verified Instagram handle, Mompha said, “I wish to also state that the charges filed against me by EFCC are in relation to allegations of operating BDC without a license and has nothing to do with or involving fraud. I am therefore not a fraudster or in any way associated with fraudsters.”

“I urge the general public and my lovers to discountenance this falsehood being spread against me as the same is a calculated attempt to associate me with hush’s incident which I know nothing about.

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