Nollywood actress, Nkechi Blessing, has expressed her excitement; after the Federal High Court in Lagos granted N100 million bail to social media celebrity; Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha.
Justice Mohammed Liman granted him bail on Friday.
The plump actress attacked critics who slammed her for supporting the Instagram celebrity.
“Freedom at last�� to those that bashed me earlier; and some even said he will die in prison�� are you, GOD? Pray you don’t find urself in such situation…Aiye Toto Aiye Akamara; But las God win�� @_benzemaa @mompha_jr �� real MVP❤️,” Nkechi Blessing said in a post on Instagram.
Reported that Nkechi has been a vocal supporter of Mompha; since his arrest on October 19. Equally important; the Instagram sensation was arrested at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Mompha was arraigned on Monday on 14 counts bordering on fraud; money laundering as well as running a foreign exchange business;’ without the authorisation of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleges that Mompha procured Ismalob Global Investment Limited; and retained in its bank account; an aggregate of N32.9 billion between 2015 and 2018.
Recall, he had dragged the EFCC to court over alleged unlawful detention as well as violation of his rights.
EFCC remands Mompha for alleged money laundering
In the suit he filed before the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere; Mompha demanded N5m against the EFCC. His counsel argued that this is for putting him in detention beyond the constitutionally-allowed period; without being charged to court.
Specifics of Mr Mustapha’s offence, especially the amount and illicit trade involved; could not be immediately obtained. Meanwhile, he was detained and later arraigned by the EFCC in Lagos.
“Mustapha allegedly perpetrates his fraudulent activities under the cover of being a Bureau de Change operator; to launder his proceeds of crime,” the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren had said during the time of his arrest.
The arrest was reportedly a joint operation between Interpol and the EFCC.
Mr Mustapha has cut a personality of one of Nigeria’s wealthiest socialites on social media; using Instagram to post pictures of his family’s wealth.