Operatives of EFCC reportedly arrested Koudeih after a three-hour standoff at his $5 million luxury apartment at the Eko Atlantic Pearl Tower. After breaking down the door to his apartment, Koudeih was found hiding in the ceiling and a safe containing charms retrieved from his apartment.
Koudeih has reportedly claimed that the charms are his prayer objects.
Koudeih, Mompha, and the other arrested suspects are reportedly kingpins of a cybercriminal network that have laundered 33 million Naira.
The EFCC has disclosed that several local and international law enforcement bodies are interested in collaborating with them in the investigation.
Koudeih and his wife’s immigration status are being investigated following his arrest.
EFCC representative Mohammed Rabo disclosed to The Nation that the operation that led to the arrest of Hamza Koudeih and others was as a result of the cooperation between the EFCC and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Although Mr. Rabo insists that the intelligence that led to Koudeih’s arrest was purely EFCC’s.
He said: “Actionable intelligence received from local and international law enforcement agencies had revealed that Koudeih and Mompha alongside their collaborators are high valued targets in Organised Cyber Syndicate Network (OCSN).
“Investigations have also revealed that Mompha uses a firm known as Ismalob Global Investments Limited to perpetrate about N14 billion money laundering while Koudeih also operate two firms namely: THK Services Limited and CHK properties Limited to launder about N19 billion.”
An update on Mompha’s case has revealed 51 bank accounts he reportedly uses for money laundering.
The five wristwatches recovered from his when he was arrested are worth a reported 60 million Naira and not 20 million Naira as was previously reported.
Mompha’s Instagram account has also been deactivated.