EFCC declares Mompha wanted — but he threatens to take agency to international court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared Ismaila Mustapha, better known as Mompha, wanted for allegedly jumping bail. 

The social media celebrity is under prosecution for alleged fraud and money laundering.

In a lengthy post on Thursday, Mompha accused the anti-graft agency of seeking to extort him.

He wrote: “The fact that I was never absent in court revoked my bail, but fortunately, the Judge again released me on a temporary basis and I was asked to appear in court a week after. All these facts, especially the blackmail and intimidation by the EFCC, made me come to the conclusion that I cannot get justice within this corrupt laden system as the EFCC was hell-bent on extorting money from me for a crime I never committed, as well as the Judge who was ready to send me back to prison custody without any evidence or basis.

“More importantly, to show the EFCC is a charade, the so-called Nappy I was alleged to have engaged in fraudulent activities with was never declared wanted. The EFCC extorted money, cars and landed properties from Nappy, but rather declared me wanted to generate cheap publicity.

“I was never involved in any illegal activity or crime. I only paid money to Nappy in the normal course of my BDC business, which I never knew whether he was involved in any form of illegal activities or not.

“Finally, it was obvious entering the plea bargain with the EFCC, which they wanted to force me into at all cost, means I would be convicted for a crime I did not commit and, therefore, become an ex-convict. This is what EFCC set out to achieve with me to enable them to generate more social media publicity; hence the desperation in falsely declaring me wanted and misleading the public.

“I want the general public to know I am not wanted by the EFCC, but rather the court issued a bench warrant for my production in court on the next court sitting. I didn’t steal from anyone or involve in any money laundering. I still don’t know why the EFCC are so jobless that they want to tarnish my image. Last last, na international court go settle this matter @officialefcc.”

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