Ismaila Mustapha, also known as Mompha, a troubled Nigerian Instagram star and Bureau de Change owner,
has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of extortion among other things.
The anti-graft agency issued a wanted notice for him in a tweet on Wednesday night,
urging anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward.
In response to the news, Mompha stated that the agency is angry
over a ruling made on December 10, 2021 at the Federal High Court in Lagos.
He also claimed that after receiving a court order for the EFCC to release his watches and other valuables from their custody,
the organization then came up with false accusations against him.
Mompha claimed in a lengthy post on his Instagram page on Thursday that the EFCC had detained him and charged him with court appearances the next day
on spurious allegations on January 10 while he was in their office to reclaim his possessions in accordance with the ruling.
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“I was arraigned before a familiar Judge to the EFCC, and in effect, I was given a challenging bail condition to meet, as a result of which I ended up spending over two months in prison custody while making efforts to meet the problematic bail.
“After several attempts to meet the bail conditions failed, I successfully applied for the bail conditions to be reduced, which eventually led to my release,” he wrote.
Mompha further recounted that soon after his release, he left the country for a brief period of time to visit his family before coming home.
He added that EFCC lawyer Rotimi Oyedepo, who he described as reportedly corrupt, and EFCC agent Kaina Garba
made the decision to take advantage of the fact that he traveled to pressure him into accepting a plea deal with the organization.
“I initially refused, but after so much blackmail and intimidation by Rotimi Oyedepo, I succumbed and was told to pay N142 million naira to EFCC and sign a one-year imprisonment sentence,” he added.
Mompha said that after negotiations, the deal was commuted to N40 million naira and one-year imprisonment.
The business man is now seeking for justice and freedom from the EFCC,
who are hell bent on emptying His account.
Meanwhile EFCC has responded to the allegations, calling it Baseless.