News of the arrest of Ismaila Mustapha, a.k.a Mompha surfaced online on Tuesday after controversial Nigerian journalist, Kemi Olunloyo first shared the news on her Instagram page. Olunloyo said Mompha was arrested in Abuja after he fled Dubai.
Olunloyo also claimed that the arrest happened four days ago.
Some hours later, the EFCC confirmed the arrest. Twitter and other social media platforms went on fire, with comments comparing his arrest with that of Invictus boss, Obinwanne Okeke, who was arrested in the US in August.
Mompha, a social media celebrity, with about 650,000 followers on Instagram, is often referred to as the king of Nigerian Bureau De Change. Some commenters on Tuesday even said that he had been competing with Ray, a.k.a Hushpuppi, another flamboyant Nigerian who claims to be a real estate developer, with the way he spends money on luxuries.
Mompha recently acquired the latest Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle viii 2020, claiming he’s the first African in the whole world and in the Middle East to buy the luxury whip.
Rolls Royce wraith eagle viii Bespoke collection 2020 Zero kilometre !!! 1 of 50 world wide, First African to own the latest wraith eagle viii 2020 in the whole world and also the only RR wraith in the Middle East , Congrats to me we made history !!! 180 million Naira King of All wraiths Happy New month
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Some Nigerians said Mompha’s arrest did not come as a surprise with the way he was spending money lavishly and showing off, with source of income questionable.
Here are some of the reactions;
*Mompha allegedly arrested for fraud*
You go “omg can’t believe this, guys I look up to bla bla” you’re either dumb or an amazing pretender.
You can’t tell how Mompha, Hush, Joe e.t.c made their bones yet you feign surprise each time you hear they’re accused of illegality.
You scam people online , increase price of your products , sell fake drugs , sell fake products , don’t pay your workers , don’t use company money well , wicked to your staff , don’t help people, don’t take care of your family etc but come online to drag mompha 🤡
Saint Obi !
— IgboMade (@volqx) October 22, 2019