EFCC denies advising Mompha to keep low profile amid Hushpuppi’s trial

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has condemned comments credited to Ismaila Mustapha, alias Mompha, on the trial of Ramon Abbas a.k.a. Hushpuppi by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Mompha had said the commission advised him to maintain a low profile after his former friend, Hushpuppi was arrested for a $1.1million fraud while speaking in an interview with Daddy Freeze.

After deleting his Instagram photos in the wake of Hushpuppi’s arrest, he claimed that EFCC called him “to post my pictures back because it will be as if I am involved”.

Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC Head of Media, in a statement said Mompha did not mention the official who gave the counsel saying his failure to ascribe the claim to anyone meant it was spurious and should be discountenanced.

EFCC insists it is not in the business of guiding suspected internet fraudsters and cannot advise one facing criminal charges in court adding that Mompha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, are facing prosecution on a 22-count charge.

These include retention of proceeds of unlawful activities and negotiating foreign exchange without license, contrary to Section 5 and 29 of the Foreign Exchange Monitoring and Miscellaneous (Provisions) Act, 2004.

Mompha is accused of engaging in forex transactions other than through the official market, contrary to provision of Section 11(1) (a) of the National Economic Intelligence Establishment Act to the tune of N32billion.

Justice A. M. Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, is presiding over the case.

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