Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Mompha denies saying EFCC called him to lay low after Huspuppi’s arrest

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The Internet mogul has denied these claims, saying he was misunderstood.

Internet celebrity Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha has refuted claims that he was advised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC to lay low after Huspuppi’s arrest.

In statement posted on his Instagram handle, Mompha stated that he was clearly misunderstood.

These allegations came as a result of comments he made during an Instagram live interview with On-Air Personality (OAP) Daddy Freeze.

Mompha had said during the interview that he received a call from EFCC after Hushpuppi was arrested in the United States.

“I had to remove my picture (after Hushpuppi’s arrest),”he said.

“EFCC had to call me directly to post my picture back because it will look as if maybe I was involved, many people will just come to my page and say you are next, the FBI is coming for you. Is that how it works?” Mompha said.

Meanwhile, EFCC has denied having anything thing to do with this allegations.

“The EFCC wishes to dissociate itself from claims by Ismaila Mustapha, alias Mompha, currently circulating in the social media, that he was advised by the Commission to maintain a low profile in the wake of the indictment of his friend, Abbas Ramon alias Hushpuppi in a $1.1m international fraud conspiracy by US Law enforcement.

“The claim which did not mention the office of the Commission who supposedly gave the advice is spurious and should be discountenanced,” the statement by EFCC read

Mompha himself has posted a statement on his Instagram page refuting these claims. According to him, what he said was misunderstood and false.

His statement reads in parts: “My attention has been drawn to the false publication on all social media platforms and online news tagged ‘Mompha: EFCC told me to maintain a low profile after hushpuppi’s arrest’ which is presently going viral.

“This has come as a great surprise to me, as I neither made such statement nor insinuated anything of such via any means or platform.

“I want to use this medium to categorically state that the statement currently circulating the social media and online space is false and devoid of any iota of truth.

“I only made reference to a minor incident that occurred last year that resulted in me deleting my pictures and later reposting them which only has to do with my personal and private affair.

“Finally, I wish to also state that the charges filed against me by EFCC are in relation to allegations of operating BDC without a license and have nothing to do with or involving fraud. I am therefore not a fraudster or in any way associated with fraudsters”.

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