Instagram celebrity Mompha granted N200m bail


Court grants Instagram celebrity Mompha N200m bail

Instagram celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, alias Mompha was on Tuesday, January 18 granted bail of N200 million with two sureties in the like sum.

Mompha was arraigned for money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on January 10 for laundering funds obtained through unlawful activities and retention of alleged proceeds of crime.

As part of his conditions for bail, Justice Mojisola Dada of the Ikeja Special Offences Court ordered that one of Mompha’s two sureties must own property valued at N100 million within the court’s jurisdiction.

The court also ordered his remand in the custody of a correctional centre of his choice in Lagos, pending the perfection of his bail conditions while his international passport already submitted is to remain in the custody of the court’s registrar.

Mompha was re-arraigned alongside his company, Ismalob Global Investment Ltd, on a fresh eight-count charge of fraud.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge of conspiracy to launder funds obtained through unlawful activity, laundering of funds obtained through unlawful activity and retention of proceeds of criminal conduct.

Other charges are the use of property derived from an unlawful act, possession of documents containing false pretence and failure to disclose assets and properties.

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The EFCC alleges that Mompha committed the offences between 2016 to 2019 in Lagos.

The defendant is alleged to have conspired alongside Ahmadu Mohammed now at large to conduct N5.9billion worth of financial transactions with the intent of committing the offence of obtaining by false pretence.

Also, the anti-graft agency alleges that Mompha on February 11, 2019, transferred the sum of N15.9 million to Naptown Records.

EFCC also alleges that on February 13, 2019, Mompha transferred the sum of N20 million to Wisegate Sleek System.

The funds are alleged to be proceeds of crime (obtaining under false pretences).

The EFCC also said that on February 3, 2020, the defendant allegedly had in his possession a document containing false pretence titled ‘Select Milk Producer J.P Morgan’ which was used to defraud Continental Dairy Facilities LLC.

It also alleged that on October 20, 2019, Mompha failed to furnish information in relation to his interest in expensive watches such as a Rolex wristwatch, a Hublot wristwatch, two Piguet wristwatches, and an iPhone 8 all worth N70 million.

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