The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), presented witnesses against Mompha’s alleged accomplices, Kayode Phillips and Hamza Koudeih.
Buhari, a forensic expert with the EFCC recovered some evidence from the first defendant and told the court that:
“MY LORD, I ALSO FOUND IN THE PHONES, CHATS BETWEEN THE FIRST DEFENDANT AND SOME OTHER PEOPLE, WHERE HE WAS DISCUSSING HOW TO MARKET EACH LEAD DOCUMENT TO THEM.”
One of the witnesses said:
“THAT YOU, KAYODE PHILLIPS (A.K.A VOICE OF THE KING) AND HAMZA KOUDEIH (A.K.A. HK), SOMETIME IN MAY, 2019 WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THIS HONOURABLE COURT, CONSPIRED AMONG YOURSELVES TO COMMIT AN OFFENCE TO WIT CONVERSION OF THE AGGREGATE SUM OF $7, 069, 000 (SEVEN MILLION, SIXTY-NINE THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS), £1, 000, 000 (ONE MILLION POUNDS) AND €80,000 (EIGHTY THOUSAND EURO) WHICH SUMS YOU REASONABLY OUGHT TO HAVE KNOWN FORM PART OF THE PROCEEDS OF FRAUD AND YOU THEREBY COMMITTED AN OFFENCE CONTRARY TO SECTIONS 18 (A), 15 (2)(D) OF THE MONEY LAUNDERING PROHIBITION ACT, 2015 AND PUNISHABLE UNDER SECTION 15(3) OF THE SAME ACT.”
The anti-graft agency released a statement and said
“THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION, EFCC, LAGOS ZONAL OFFICE HAS PRESENTED THE FIRST PROSECUTION WITNESS, NURU BUHARI, IN THE TRIAL OF THE DUO OF KAYODE PHILLIPS AND HAMZA KOUDEIH, BOTH OF WHOM ARE ALLEGED ACCOMPLICES OF ISMAILA MUSTAPHA, POPULARLY KNOWN AS MOMPHA BEFORE JUSTICE MUSLIM S. HASSAN OF THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT, IKOYI, LAGOS.”
They pleaded not guilty to the charges and the matter has been adjourned till July 20 and 21, 2020 for a ruling. if peradventure on a ruling day, if the judge finds the document authentic, Mompha might be re-arrested
It will be recalled Mompha was arrested last year on his way out of Nigeria.