Mompha in EFCC custody

By Taiwo Okanlawon

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.

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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 🙏🏿!!! 🤑🤑🤑 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;

https://twitter.com/FifunmiRexx/status/1186558934708097024

https://twitter.com/RealDreylo/status/1186567342408556544

https://twitter.com/aspirin_n/status/1186555324259536897

https://twitter.com/london_used/status/1186568087195262982

https://twitter.com/RealDreylo/status/1186567342408556544

https://twitter.com/royzkingin/status/1186564732481867776

https://twitter.com/UgwunnaEjikem/status/1186567388692668416

https://twitter.com/theOsasCruz/status/1186555712975101953

https://twitter.com/MistaChika/status/1186551434868936704

https://twitter.com/demithacreator/status/1186550054527668224

https://twitter.com/EWAWUNMIII/status/1186617500861173760

https://twitter.com/volqx/status/1186614127747387399

https://twitter.com/ObongRoviel/status/1186568605372157952

https://twitter.com/IszybeeTheFirst/status/1186581017454403584