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
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;
I hear Interpol has arrested Instagram 'big boy' Mompha. This is another reason why you shouldn't believe everything you see on the gram. Another reason for you to enjoy your own pace, trust your own journey, work hard and make legit money. pic.twitter.com/mfMaJ5UTIZ
— HelenOzor_ (@HelenOzor_) October 21, 2019
Had Pablo remained in his biz & influenced the politics of the day, he will still be here.
Had Frank Lucas refused his wife coat that night, the Feds wouldn't have seen him.
Mompha & others need to watch lots of organized crime movies.
Stay low, off radar
— Michel_231 (@231_michel) October 22, 2019
The next housemate to be evicted from the BigFrauder house is ……
Hushpuppi: No leave No Transfer!
— Fredrick (@quest_un) October 21, 2019
Many Nigerians was like "GOD WHEN"
when Invictus Obi was onboard
More people are still asking "GOD WHY"
now that Hushpuppi is in power
Many asked same questions before the
endgame by Interpol for Mompha
You don't know what you don't know
Who the cap fit, let them wear it
— I Z U (@Izumichaels_Iam) October 22, 2019