Nigerian Socialite and Instagram Bigboy, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha is set to sue the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over lib£llous claims made against his person.
According to reports, the anti-graft agency had linked two suspects namely, Hamza Koudeih and Kayode Phillips as “money laundering accomplices” working with Mompha.
Reacting to the allegations in a letter from his legal counsel, Mompha requested that the EFCC retract their allegation against him as they were untrue.
“Our instruction is that via a recent online publication, the EFCC through its image maker, Wilson Uwujaren made a lib£llous and defamat0ry statement concerning our client, Mr Ismaila Mustapha…,” the letter, signed by Gboyega Oyewole, Mompha’s counsel, read in part.
“Our client is not a crim*nal or fr*udster as painted in the publication. Our client does not know Koudeih and has never had anything to do with him. Nowhere in any of the charges against him was our client mentioned or found to be his accomplice.
“Our Client has never been c0nvicted of any crime in Nigeria even though he is charged with 0ffences bothering on operating a bureau de change (BDC) without a licence, but he has not been c0nvicted as the trial is ongoing,” the letter added.
Mompha is also demanding that the retraction from the agency be made within the next 14 days. The Instagram big boy has thr£atened to institute a lawsuit against the EFCC if they fail to comply with his demands.
“It is emba*rassing that an organisation of EFCC’s level would hastily d£fame a suspect, who to their knowledge is being prosecuted by the organisation and has not been c0nvicted for any crime known to law in Nigeria.
“We wish to request that the organisation through its image maker Wilson Uwajaren retracts the blanket statement against our client forthwith and with the same publicity as was given to his previous press release on the matter.
“If you fail to heed the request of our client within 14 days of the receipt of this letter, we shall be constrained to proceed to the court of law against your organisation for exemplary damag£s for injuri0us falsehood,” the letter concluded.