Instagram celebrity Ismaila Mustapha, mostly known as Mompha, has reacted after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) declared him wanted.
Naija News reports that the ‘wanted notice’ was made known in a statement signed by the Spokesman of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren.
Responding, Mompha, in a post shared on his Instagram page on Thursday morning, described the notice as cheap publicity from EFCC aimed at tarnishing his image.
He refuted the claims of being wanted by the EFCC but rather the court issued a bench warrant for his production in court on the next court sitting.
The Instagram celebrity alleged that the anti-graft is bent on extorting money from him for a crime he did not commit.
Mompha noted that he was never engaged in any illegal activity or crime, adding that the EFCC also extorted money, cars and landed properties from his co-accused.
He wrote: “The fact that I was never absent in court, revoked my bail but fortunately the Judge again released me on a temporary basis and I was asked to appear in court a week after.
“All these facts especially the blackmail and intimidation by the EFCC made me come to the conclusion that I cannot get justice within this corrupt laden system as the EFCC was hell bent on extorting money from me for a crime I never committed as well as the Judge who was ready to send me back to prison custody without any evidence or basis.
“More importantly, to show the EFCC is a charade, the so called Nappy I was alleged to have engaged in fraudulent activities with was never declared wanted, the EFCC extorted money, cars and landed properties from Nappy but rather declared me wanted to generate cheap publicity. I was never involved in any illegal activity or crime, I only paid money to Nappy in the normal course of my BDC business which I never knew whether he was involved in any form of illegal activities or not.
“Finally it was obvious entering the plea bargain with the EFCC, which they wanted to force me into at all cost, means I would be convicted for a crime I did not commit and therefore become an ex convict and this is what EFCC set out to achieve with me to enable them generate more social media publicity hence the desperation in falsely declaring me wanted and misleading the public.
“I want the general public to know I am not wanted by the EFCC but rather the court issued bench warrant for my production in court on the next court sitting, I didn’t steal from anyone or involve in any money laundering still don’t know why efcc are so jobless that they want to tarnish my image last last na international court go settle this matter.”