The Economic Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a Lebanese man by the name, Hamza Koudeih, who is alleged to be a collaborator of Ismaila Mustapha aka Mompha, who was recently arrested by the agency. The EFCC’s head of the Lagos zonal office, Mr Mohammed Rabo, said that the Lebanese Koudeih was arrested alongside two other individuals whose nationalities are yet to be established following their alleged involvement in internet fraud and money laundering.
“Hamza Koudeih, a Lebanese man was arrested over the weekend at the Eko Atlantic Pearl Tower, Victoria Island, Lagos State where he occupied one of the luxury suites. It cost about $5 million annually as rent to maintain this luxury suite”. The operatives of the EFCC had a difficult battle arresting him because his apartment was fortified with triple reinforced fireproof and bulletproof doors and closed-circuit television cameras,” Rabo said.
According to the head of the EFCC Lagos zonal office, Rabo, intelligence reports received from both local and international law enforcement agencies had revealed that Hamza and Mompha, alongside their collaborators, are high valued targets in the Organised Cyber Syndicate Network (OCSN).
“More investigations also reveal that Mompha uses a firm known as Ismalob Global Investments Ltd to perpetuate about N14 billion in money laundering, while Hamza Kodeih also operates two firms namely, THK Services Ltd and CHK Properties Ltd to launder about N19billion,”
It was also revealed that at the point of the arrest of Hamza Koudeih, the EFCC operatives discovered a fireproof safe stocked with different charms and talisman, two Luxury cars were also recovered from him. Further ongoing investigation into Mompha’s alleged criminal activities have also revealed that he operates about 51 bank accounts in Nigeria in which he uses to conduit his money laundering activities while acquiring several assets in Dubai. It was also revealed that the five wristwatches recovered from Mompha are worth over N60 million, and not N20m as he claimed.