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EFCC responds to Mompha after he tagged them “useless”

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission  (EFCC) has chastised online celebrity Mompha, for accusing the EFCC of being corrupt.

Recall that a few days ago, Mompha, who is being investigated by the EFCC for money laundering and other illegal acts, claimed that the anti-graft agency is the most “corrupt and useless.”

However, in a statement issued by EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale, the Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, requested that the socialite prove how he learned about the corruption charges.

Olukoyede ordered Mompha to the agency’s office to present evidence of any corruption against any staff member, adding that he must also justify his characterization of the EFCC as a “useless agency”.

The Chairman expressed dismay about what he described as a ‘media war and phantom accusations’ by Mompha, and said the commission will not be deterred from prosecuting his ongoing case to a logical conclusion.

The statement; “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to the malicious and unsubstantiated statement made by the embattled Ismaila Mustapha, (a.k.a Mompha) alleging corruption by operatives of the Commission.

The claim, coming from an accused in a criminal trial for conspiracy to launder funds obtained through unlawful activity, retention of proceeds of criminal activities, and failure to disclose assets and property, ought to be ignored as the rantings of a sinking defendant. But his claims strike at the heart of the Commission’s most prized value – integrity and must be challenged.

The Commission is alarmed that the accused will abandon the platform offered by the court to launch a media war against it through spurious claims.

If he believes that raising phantom accusations against the Commission will prevent it from diligently prosecuting his case, he is mistaken as no amount of scaremongering will deter the Commission from pursuing the case to logical conclusion

While Mompha may just be a drowning man clutching at any straw owing to the overwhelming evidence of his involvement in the money laundering case, his unsubstantiated claims against the EFCC is an issue the Commission is taking seriously.

To this end, the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ola Olukoyede has directed that Mompha be invited to bring clasping evidence of any issue of corruption against any staff of the Commission. Besides, the socialite should also justify his labeling of the EFCC as a “useless agency” with evidential proof.

As a responsible law enforcement agency, the EFCC would not sit back and allow libelous effusions against its reputation go unchallenged. Mompha cannot be expected to paint the EFCC in bright colours owing to the professional ways officers of the Commission are handling his matter. The EFCC would not be distracted in plying its job by the antics of traducers like Mompha.

The general public is, therefore, advised to ignore his ranting. Mompha should rather face his prosecution before a court of competent jurisdiction.”

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