EFCC extorted my co-accused and declared me wanted because I refused to settle them, Mompha said.
On Wednesday 4, 2022, EFCC in a twitter post declared Ismailia Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha, wanted.
Mompha in response to the EFCC post, said he was declared wanted because he refused to settle them.
He brought this to public notice with a post on his instagram page which he narrated what transpired between him and EFCC. He wrote,
“ ‘MOMPHA WANTED BY EFCC’ – THE TRUTH STORY.
After my arrest and arraignment on the first case at the federal high court Lagos, on the 10th of December 2021, the court gave me judgement and ordered EFCC to release my wristwatches and other valuables in their custody to me for being unlawfully seized. Being a bitter agency, the EFCC in dissatisfaction with the judgement of the court on the release of my wristwatches came up with another trumped up charges against me. On the 10th of January 2022 while I was at there office at Okotie Eboh to retrieve my wristwatches in compliance with the judgement of the court and immediately after collecting my wristwatches, they held me down at their office and charged me to court the following day on frivolous charges. I was arraigned before a familiar judge to the EFCC and in effect was given a very difficult bail to meet as a result of which I ended up spending over two months in prison custody while making efforts to meet the difficult bail.
After several attempts to meet the bail condition failed, I successfully applied for the bail conditions to be reduced which eventually led to my release.
Upon my release I traveled outside Nigeria to check on the welfare and wellbeing of my family and returned to Nigeria shortly only for the EfCC corrupt lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo rather than focus on establishing criminal case against me along with the EfCC operatives Kaina Garba chose to capitalize on the fact that I traveled and blackmail me to entering plea bargain with the EFCC else he would inform the judge I traveled and ensure my bail is revoked therefore making me have no choice than to dance to his tune.
I initially refused but after so much blackmail and intimidation by Rotimi Oyedepo, I succumbed and was told to pay #142 million naira to EFCC as compensation and also sign for a one year imprisonment sentence which I was uncomfortable with and they after reduced it to #40 million naira and one year imprisonment.
When it became obvious to EFCC that I wasn’t going to sign the plea bargain play to their game, they informed the judge I traveled and the judge without any concrete evidence and disregard”.
He basically insisted that EFCC are trying to intimidate and extort money from him and that’s the reason for declaring him wanted.