Alleged Fraud: EFCC Re-arraigns Instagram Celebrity, Mompha

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday re-arraigned alleged Internet fraudster, Ismaila Mustapha, known as Mompha, over N32.9bn fraud before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

Mompha was first arraigned by the commission on 14 counts bordering on fraud, money laundering and running a foreign exchange business without the authorisation of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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The case resumed on Wednesday, and the prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, informed the court of a second amended charge against the defendant and urged the court to allow a fresh plea by the defendant.

The amended 22-count charge was read over to the defendant and he pleaded not guilty to all counts.

Mompha’s counsel sought for adjournment, stating that he just saw the new charges at the beginning of the day and would need time to study the charges.

After much deliberation, both parties agreed and the court adjourned the case till March 18.