Lebanese Hamza Koudeih and two other suspected
accomplices of social media celebrity, Ismaila
Mustapha , have been arrested in Lagos.
Ismaila Mustapha,Koudeih was arrested at the weekend after a three-
hour stand-off at his N1.8 billion luxury apartment
in the 33-storey Eko Atlantic Pearl Tower, Victoria
Ismaila Mustapha, Koudeih and the others are suspected to be
kingpins of a network of cyber criminals who
laundered N33 billion through three firms.
His arrest by officials of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC), followed intelligence
unearthed after Mompha’s arrest last Tuesday.
The Nation learnt that when the anti-graft agency’s
operatives arrived at his luxury suite, Koudeih and
his wife refused to open the door.
The couple also did not respond to appeals from the
building’s chief security officer.
But the operatives, who had been monitoring the
premises and had it surrounded, knew the Lebanese
was inside. His cars were parked in the garage
The apartment was fortified with triple reinforced
fire-proof door and closed-Circuit Television (CCTV)
cameras and they could not gain entrance.
It was gathered that the EFCC investigators battled
for three hours to break down the door using
When they gained access, they met his wife who
claimed Koudeih had escaped through the window.
But Koudeih’s apartment is on one of the topmost
floors of Eko Atlantic Pearl Tower, said to be the
tallest apartment building in Nigeria.
“Our officials knew that he was still inside and they
were even hoping to persuade him not to jump out
through the window because it would be suicide,”
EFCC Lagos Zonal Head, Mr. Mohammed Rabo, who
confirmed the arrest, told The Nation.
But they did not find Koudeih in any of the rooms
until they observed that a part of the ceiling in his
bedroom had been artificially sealed.
They pushed it open and found Koudeih hiding in
Further search of his bedroom revealed a fire-proof
safe containing different charms and talismans in
According to the EFCC, the Lebanese admitted they
were his “prayer objects”. Two luxury cars were also
recovered from him.
Rabo said the commission was investigating Koudeih
and his wife’s immigration status and the result was
He said it had been confirmed that they had
Lebanese ancestry but it was not known if they had
any other nationality.
The nationality of the two other suspects, he
explained, was not yet known.
Rabo stated that local and international law
enforcement agencies had indicated interest to
collaborate in the investigation.