Instagram sensation Ismaila Mustapha aka Mompha has denied saying the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) told him to “maintain a low profile” following the arrest of an associate Ramon Abass aka Hushpuppi for fraud in Dubai, UAE last year.
Mompha said in a statement posted to Instagram on Monday that he was shocked the comments were credited to him. His rebuttal followed a release by the EFCC that it does not “advise suspect of crime”.
The Instagram celebrity had been credited to have made the statement in an Instagram live session with Daddy Freeze.
Recanting the controversial comments, he said in the statement, “My attention has been drawn to the false publication on all social media platforms and online news tagged ‘Mompha: EFCC told me to maintain low profile after Hushpuppi’s arrest’ which is presently going viral.
“This has come as a great surprise to me, as I neither made such statement or insinuated anything of such via any means or platform. I want to use this medium to categorically state that the statement currently circulating the social media and online space is false and devoid of any iota of truth. At no time whatsoever did EFCC or any member of its staff told me to maintain low profile in relation to Hush’s arrest.
“I only made reference to a minor incident that occurred last year that resulted in me deleting my pictures and later reposting them which only has to do with my personal and private affair.
“I urge the general public and my lovers to discountenance this falsehood been spread against me as same is a calculated attempt to associate me with hush’s incident which I know nothing about.
“Finally, I wish to also state that the charges filed against me by EFCC is in relation to allegations of operating BDC without license and has nothing to do with or involving fraud. I am therefore not a fraudster or in any way associated with fraudsters.”