Ismaila Mustapha, an alleged fraudster who’s popularly generally known as Mompha, has requested the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to apologize over an alleged libellous publication.
Mompha made the demand in a letter signed by his lawyer, Gboyega Oyewole.
The Instagram celeb warned the EFCC that failure to conform inside 14 days will trigger him to take authorized motion.
Oyewole mentioned the anti-graft company’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren made a libellous and defamatory assertion about Mompha.
The authorized practitioner insists his shopper shouldn’t be a legal or fraudster as painted within the publication and had nothing to do with convicted Hamza Koudeih (HK).
Final week, Justice Tijjani Garba Ringim of the Federal Excessive Court docket in Ikoyi, Lagos, convicted and sentenced Koudeih, a Lebanese, to one-year imprisonment.
Koudeih and Kayode Phillips have been arraigned by the EFCC on November 28, 2019, earlier than Justice Muslim Hassan on a 25-count bordering on conspiracy and cash laundering.
Uwujaren described the duo and Mompha as high-valued targets in Organised Cyber Syndicate Community who engaged in numerous cyber crimes.
In one of many counts, EFCC mentioned Phillips (a.ok.a Voice of the King) and Koudeih (a.ok.a. HK), in Might 2019, transformed the mixture sum of $7,069,000; £1 million and €80,000, a part of proceeds of fraud.
Their offence was opposite to Sections 18 (a), 15 (2)(d) of the Cash Laundering Prohibition Act, 2015 and punishable underneath part 15(3) of the identical Act.
Uwujaren disclosed that Koudeih approached the prosecution for a plea discount and that EFCC, by way of its counsel Rotimi Oyedepo, filed the settlement with an amended cost on September 8, 2021.
Delivering judgment, Justice Ringim despatched Koudeih to jail however gave him an choice N1 milllion tremendous.
He ordered forfeiture of HK’s N100 million in a checking account owned by CHK Property Funding Ltd; Mercedes Benz GLE43; two iPhones and an HP Desktop pc to the Federal Authorities.
In his letter, Oyewole instructed the EFCC that nowhere in any of the charges towards Koudeih was Mompha talked about nor discovered to be an confederate.
The lawyer knowledgeable the fee that Mompha has by no means been convicted of any crime in Nigeria despite the fact that he faces expenses on offences bordering on working a Bureau de Change (BDC) with no licence.
“It’s embarrassing that an organisation of EFCC’s stage would swiftly defame a suspect, who to their data is being prosecuted by the organisation and has not been convicted of any crime identified to legislation in Nigeria.
“We want to request that the organisation by way of its picture maker Wilson Uwajaren retract the blanket assertion towards our shopper forthwith and with the identical publicity as was given to his earlier press launch on the matter.
“In case you fail to heed the request of our shopper inside 14 days of the receipt of this letter, we will be constrained to proceed to the courtroom of legislation towards your organisation for exemplary damages for injurious falsehood”, the letter added.