The news about the arrest of Dubai -based Nigerian social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha a.k.a Mompha is still trending.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested Ismaila Mustapha , a Lebanese identified as Hamza Koudeih and two others suspected to be accomplices in cyber crimes.
Operatives of the anti-graft agency arrested Koudeih after a three-hour stand-off at his N1.8 billion luxury apartment in the 33-storey Eko Atlantic Pearl Tower, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The suspect who alongside Mompha and other arrested suspects are allegedly kingpins of a network of cyber criminals who laundered N33 billion through three firms, lived in an apartment which was fortified with triple reinforced fire-proof door and closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, making it difficult for the operatives to gain entrance.
However after EFCC operatives gained access into the apartment after trying to break down the door.
Koudeih was found hiding in the ceiling and a fire-proof safe containing different charms and talismans in calabashes was uncovered after a search was conducted in his bedroom which he claimed are his prayer objects.
Koudeih and his wife’s immigration status are currently being investigated. local and international law enforcement agencies are said to have indicated interest to collaborate in the investigation.
Mompha before his arrest was said to have 51 bank accounts and his arrest is termed the biggest EFCC arrest in 2019