By Henry Ojelu
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wednesday arraigned internet celebrity, Ismailia Mustapha, aka Mompha and his firm, Ismalob Global Investment Limited for alleged money laundering to the tune of over a N6 billion.
The agency arraigned Mompha and Ismalob before Justice Mojisola Dada of an Ikeja Special Offences Court on eight counts bordering on the offences.
The defendants were accused of conspiracy to launder funds obtained through unlawful activity, retention of such funds, transfer of funds for a suspect Olayinka Jimoh aka Nappy Boy, and unlawful transfer of funds for a record label, among others.
The sums named in the charge seen are N5,998,884.653.18, N32 million, N120 million and N15,960,000; totaling over N6 billion.
The EFCC also alleged that Mompha concealed his interest in expensive wristwatches and other movable assets valued at over a N70 million.
Mompha pleaded “Not guilty” to the eight counts while Islamob Limited (represented by Mompha) was named in and pleaded “not guilty” to the first six counts.
Mompha is also standing trial at the Federal High Court in Lagos alongside Ismalob Global Investment Limited on an amended 22-count charge bordering on cyberfraud and money laundering to the tune of N32.9bn brought against him by the EFCC.
He pleaded not guilty to each of the counts.