How Ismaila Mustapha was arrested with N20m watches — EFCC How Ismaila Mustapha was arrested with N20m watches — EFCC
Nigerian anti-graft agency, The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission yesterday gave details of how Ismaila Mustapha who is popularly known with the soubriquet Mompha... How Ismaila Mustapha was arrested with N20m watches — EFCC

Nigerian anti-graft agency, The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission yesterday gave details of how Ismaila Mustapha who is popularly known with the soubriquet Mompha was arrested last weekend.

He was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos while trying to depart Nigeria for Dubai on October 18, the agency said in a statement.

Operatives of the EFCC found five watches worth N20 million on him, spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren said.

Mr Uwujaren gave graphic details of how he was arrested.

‘’the EFCC received intelligence reports about Mr Mustapha’s alleged fraudulent activities and closed in on him just as he was preparing to depart Nigeria.

He had been based in Dubai for several years where he reportedly runs a money-changing business, according to his social media claims.

The EFCC punctured Mr Mustapha’s business as a ruse, saying he had been using bureau de change as a cover for illicit trade and money laundering enterprise.

Mr Mustapha “perpetrates his fraudulent activities under the guise of being a bureau de change operator,” the anti-graft body alleged.

“Investigations have also revealed” Mr Mustapha has been using his money-changing business, which he jointly owned with his siblings, “as a decoy to launder his proceeds of crime,” officials said.

Mr Uwujaren said Mr Mustapha had “volunteered useful information to the operatives and has admitted being reasonably involved in the first two cases he was alleged to be involved.”

The EFCC credited “actionable cross border intelligence received from collaborative law enforcement agencies about his alleged involvement in the criminal activities” for the arrest, adding that the intelligence “further strengthened our suspicion.”

At the point of arrest, five wristwatches with a total worth of over N20 million were recovered from Mr Mustapha, who would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded, EFCC said.

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