Magu hails arrest of Mompha, Lebanese friend a landmark achievement

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has hailed the apprehension of alleged Internet fraudster and social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha aka Mompha; and his Lebanese accomplice, Hamza Koudeih, who both laundered a combined N33bn as a landmark achievement.

Magu who spoke at a Press Conference in Lagos on Thursday, said that the two belonged to an international crime syndicate that did money laundering, especially in Dubai.

He said, “The recent arrest of a social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha; and his Lebanese collaborator, Hamza Koudeih, for their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud and money laundering, remains a landmark achievement of the EFCC.

“I make bold to tell you that these arrests have further confirmed our commitment to the anti-graft war, while also sending a red alert to potential internet fraudsters.

Magu said actionable intelligence received from local and international law enforcement agencies had revealed that the suspects, alongside their collaborators, were high-valued targets in Organised Cyber Syndicate Network.

The EFCC chair also stated that the Commission had begun forensic analysis of the phones, documents and “strange” items recovered from both suspects.

“They will be charged to court accordingly as soon as investigation is concluded,” he added.

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