In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 02nd, July, 2020

I Have No Dealings With Mompha

I Have No Dealings With Mompha

Mompha

Photograph credit score: Solar Information

In accordance with Solar Information, an Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) witness, Abiodun Audu, within the ongoing trial of social media influencer Ismaila Mustapha (generally referred to as ‘Mompha’) has informed the Federal Excessive Court docket, Lagos, that he by no means met the accused in the midst of submitting his firm’s tax return.

The witness, Audu, who claimed to be a fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN), additionally informed the court docket, presided over by Justice Muhammad Liman, that it was one Alhaji Hamodu, a director in Mompha’s firm, Ismalob International investments Restricted, that contacted him to file the tax return for the corporate.

Mompha alongside is corporate are being tried by the EFCC for allegedly laundering N33 billion.

Each Mompha and his firm are dealing with a 14-count-charge.

The offences, in response to the EFCC, contravene sections 18(c) and 15(2)(d) of the Cash Laundering Prohibition Act,2011 as amended and punishable underneath part 15 (three) of the identical Act.

The accused have pleaded not responsible to all of the counts.

On the resumed listening to of the matter, the witness, whereas being led by the EFCC counsel, SI Suleiman, mentioned he was contacted by one Alhaji Hamodu, a director with Ismalob International Funding Restricted, to enter July 2016 to June 2017 in his tax return to the FIRS.

He additionally informed the court docket that it was on the EFCC’s that the doc referring to the tax return was proven to him when he was invited for questioning in 2020.

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Nevertheless, the witness, throughout cross-examination by Mompha’s counsel, Mr Gboyega Oyewole, SAN, mentioned he solely associated with Alhaji Hamodu, including that he by no means meet with the defendant, Mompha.

He additionally informed the court docket that the knowledge on the corporate’s self-assessment type was provided by Alhaji Hamodu, mentioned to be a Bureau De Change operator. And that in the course of the mentioned interval, Mompha was residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE).

The witness, whereas being re-examined by the prosecutor, mentioned each Alhaji Hamodu and Mompha’s signatures had been on the corporate’s Tax Self-Evaluation Type.

Following the conclusion of the witness proof, the prosecutor requested the court docket for an adjournment to allow him to current the final witness within the matter.

Responding, Mompha’s counsel, Oyewole, didn’t oppose the adjournment.

Justice Liman, whereas adjourning the matter until July 10 for the continuation of trial, ordered the prosecutor to make sure that all remaining witnesses are in court docket.

One of many counts reads: ‘That you just Ismailia Mustapha and Ismalob International Investments Restricted, on or in regards to the 17th day of December 2015, inside the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court docket, not being a certified vendor appointed by the Central Financial institution of Nigeria pursuant to Part 5(1) of International Alternate Monitoring and Miscellaneous (Provisions) Act CAP F34 LFN 2004 negotiated a overseas alternate transaction within the sum of N9,416,700.00 aw (9 Million 4 Hundred and Sixteen Thousand Seven Hundred Naira) with Mr Ikechukwu Kingsley Onuzulike and also you thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Sections 5 and 29(1)(c) of the International Alternate Monitoring and Miscellaneous (Provisions) Act Cap F34 LFN 2004 and punishable underneath Part 29(2) of the identical Act.’

One other depend reads; ‘That you just, Ismailia Mustapha and Ismalob International investments Restricted inside the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court docket, typically being a Designated Non-Monetary establishment (“DNFI”) did not adjust to the necessities of submitting to the Federal Ministry of Business, Commerce and Funding a declaration of your actions as specified underneath part 5(1)1a) of the Cash Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and also you thereby dedicated an offence punishable underneath part 16(1) (b) of the identical Act.’

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