The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has declared the social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha, wanted.
It was learnt that the commission took the decision after Mompha, who has been facing charges for alleged money laundering to the tune of N6 billion, defied a court order.
Sources at the EFCC headquarters to Daily Trust that Mompha travelled to Dubai with a new passport against the order of the court.
”Yes, we have declared him wanted. He has defied a court order by travelling out of the country despite having his passport seized.
”We have made several efforts to get him but all to no avail,” one of the sources said.
The spokesman for the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, also confirmed the development to Daily Trust in a telephone interview Wednesday night.
Earlier, the anti-graft agency in a notice on Wednesday signed by Uwajaren, said the embattled social media celebrity was wanted.
The notice read, “The general public is hereby notified that ISMAILA MUSTAPHA, whose photograph appears above, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in an alleged case of Retention of Proceeds of Criminal Conduct, Possession of Document Containing False Pretences, False Asset Declaration and Laundering of Proceeds of Unlawful Conduct.
“Ismaila, 38, hails from Ogbomosho Local Govt Area of Oyo State. His last know address: 21, Fagbenro Street, Idi-Araba, Surulere, Lagos State
“Anybody with useful information as to his whereabouts should please contact the commission in its Benin, Kaduna, Ibadan, Sokoto, Gombe, Maiduguri, Makurdi, llorin, Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Gombe, Port Harcourt and Abuja offices or through these numbers 09-9044751-3, 08093322644, 08183322644, 070- 26350721-3, 070-6350724-5; its e-mail address: email@example.com or the nearest Police Station and other security agencies.”
The EFCC had in June arraigned the celebrity before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos.
The anti-graft agency on January 12 charged him and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Ltd, with money laundering in the sum of N6bn.
The court, on March 28, ordered him to submit his passport to court after his bail sum was reduced from N200 million to N25 million.