Another witness to testify against Mompha

By Robert Egbe

A federal court in Lagos on Wednesday directed the Commission for Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) to, on July 10, present its remaining witnesses at the trial of social media personality, Ismaila Mustapha.

Judge Mohammed Liman gave the directive after the EFCC's prayer for a postponement.

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Mompha's lawyer, Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), had informed the court that a delay was "unjustified" as the agency had previously promised to present all of its witnesses yesterday.

Mustapha, also known as Mompha, is accused of cyber fraud and $ 33 billion laundering.

He and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Ltd, were reissued on March 4, 2020 before Judge Liman on 22 charges.

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The Commission claimed that Mompha is an important figure in an organized network of transnational cyber frauds, adding that he used Ismalob Investment to launder the funds, part of which he used to acquire property in Dubai.

Mompha pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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Led by EFCC attorney S. I. Suleiman, Abiodun Audu, an accountant who witnesses the charge, said he never met Mompha during the income tax filing process at Ismalob Global Investment Ltd.

He told the judge that it was Alhaji Hamodu, director of Mompha, who contacted him to file the company's tax returns.

Hamodu, he said, required him to participate from July 2016 to June 2017, in the tax return of the Internal Revenue Service (FIRS).

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