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How mompha operated unregistered company, witness tells court

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A Compliance Officer with the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML), Mr. Enu Matthew Obun has told a Federal High Court, Lagos that Ismaila Mustapha (a.k.a Mompha) runs an unregistered Bureau de Change company.

Obun revealed this in his testimony before Justice Muhammed Liman in an ongoing trial of Mompha alongside his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, for alleged cyber fraud and money laundering to the tune of N33 billion.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleged the defendant used his company (Ismalob Investment Limited), to launder the funds, part of which he used in acquiring properties in Dubai.

When the matter was called yesterday, the fourth prosecution witness was led-in-evidence by the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo.

Obun told the court that in November 15, 2019, SCUML received a letter from the EFCC requesting for the regulation and compliance status of Ismalob Global Investment Limited and consequent upon inspection, it was discovered that Ismalob is not registered with the SCUML.

He said: “From the database search at the office, there is no information on Ismalob Global Investment Limited and all the transactions that were done on the company’s account between December 14, 2015 and January 25, 2018 are not on SCUML’s record,” he said.

Oyedepo therefore tendered the letters written by the EFCC and the response from SCUML, and they were admitted in evidence.

However, under cross-examination by defence counsel, Mr. Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), the witness told the court that he had been with SCUML since 2006.


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