Alleged $7m, £1m fraud: Mompha’s ally, Koudeih seeks psychiatric treatment in Lebanon

Hamza Koudeih, being prosecuted alongside Kayode Phillips, each alleged accomplices of Ismaila Mustapha, popularly referred to as Mompha, is looking for permission to journey to Lebanon for psychiatric therapy.

The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), on Wednesday, urged Justice Ringim Tijjani, a trip choose of the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Ikoyi, Lagos to dismiss the applying.

Koudeih and others face fraud fees earlier than Justice Muslim Hassan of the identical courtroom.

EFCC described the defendants as high-valued targets in Organized Cyber Syndicate Community (OCSN).

They had been arraigned on November 28, 2019 on 25-count fees bordering on conspiracy and cash laundering.

EFCC advised the courtroom that Phillips (aka Voice of the King) and Koudeih (aka HK), someday in Might, 2019, conspired to transform $7,069,000, £1,000,000 and €80,000 they must have recognized kind a part of fraud proceeds.

The offence is opposite to Sections 18 (a), 15 (2)(d) of the Cash Laundering Prohibition Act, 2015 and punishable below Part 15(3) of the identical Act.

The defendants pleaded “not responsible” to the fees and their trial started.

On July 18, 2021, Abdulhamid Mohammed, Koudeih’s counsel defined that his shopper wanted to see his psychiatrist in Beirut, Lebanon.

The lawyer stated the therapy he has been receiving in Nigeria had not yielded good outcomes.

He added that Koudeih’s physician in Lebanon, Dr. Georges Elie Karam, a Psychiatry and Medical Psychologist at St. George Hospital College Medical Centre, Beirut, wanted additional medical investigation.

EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo opposed the applying on grounds of flight threat, including that it was a ploy to run away from the trial.

“Going by the reveals annexed, how can a (Nigerian) physician who has handled the applicant for 14 years now abruptly say that he can now not be doing so?

“There are hospitals in Lagos that the applicant has been utilizing. This defendant is a citizen of Lebanon. What if he’s granted permission to go and he doesn’t return?,” he requested.

Justice Tijjani adjourned ruling on the applying till September 9, 2021.