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Mompha And His Lebanese Accomplice Named As The Biggest EFCC’s Catch Of Month Of October
Mr. Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed that Instagram celebrity Ismaila Mustapha a.k.a Mompha and his Lebanese accomplice, Hamza Koudeih were their biggest catch in October 2019.
The Acting Chairman of the commission made this known during an interactive session with newsmen on Friday, November 1, 2019, in Abuja.
He also disclosed that the commission recorded no fewer than 200 arrests of Internet fraud suspects, popularly known as ‘Yahoo Boys’, in October alone.
Mompha, and his Lebanese accomplice, Hamza Koudeih.
He said the suspects, who were “kingpins of an Organised Cyber Syndicate Network (OCSN)”, allegedly laundered a total of N33 billion.
“Five wristwatches valued at over N60 million were recovered from Mompha at the point of arrest.
“Investigation has also revealed that he operates 51 bank accounts in Nigeria with which he acquired properties in Dubai and had laundered about N14 billion through Ismalob Global Investments Limited.
“His accomplice, Koudeih, also has two firms namely: THK Services Limited and CHK properties Limited with which he has allegedly laundered about N19 billion.
Tower, Victoria Island Lagos.’’
The EFCC boss also added that there were also clear messages to “high-end fraudsters that they can only run, but cannot hide, sooner than later, we will get them”.
sustain the tempo of vigorous prosecution of fraud cases in court.
“Indeed, fraudsters account for a huge percentage of the 890 convictions that has been recorded by the commission this year.
“A number of assets have been seized, while victims have also enjoyed restitution by order of court,” he said.
While noting that the battle “is far from being won”, the anti-corruption czar renewed his appeal for the support of stakeholders, especially the media, for the commission.
needed sensitization to the consequences of their actions not only to their future but to the nation’s image and economy.
“The youth must learn the virtues of integrity and hard work as the path to sustainable wealth.
“They must realise that crime does not pay; rather it will destroy their prospects and ruin their chances of decent living.
commission is fully disposed to help in channeling their energies and cyber skills to positive venture.
“We are considering a policy that will help in the rehabilitation of convicted, but repentant internet fraudsters.
“This is to ensure that their skills are positively applied in helping to build a better Nigerian society,” Magu said.