Ismaila Mustapha, aka Mompha, a popular internet celebrity has been rearrested on the 14th of August by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over new charges of money laundering. He was rearrested when he went to the EFCC office in Ikoyi. cu
Mompha is currently facing charges before the Federal High Court. He was at the office to reclaim his five wristwatches, one Apple Air pod, one iPhone 8 mobile phone and one pair of sunglasses seized from him by the anti-graft agency.
Following an application by his lawyer, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), Justice Mohammed Liman on July 24th ordered the EFCC to release the items to Mompha.
The judge ruled since the items were not listed as exhibits in the money laundering charges filed against Mompha, the EFCC had no justification to continue to hold onto them.
He dismissed the submission by the EFCC that Mompha was still under investigation for another offence, saying there was nothing before the court to back the submission.
“Failure to release the property is illegal. As of today, no charge has been file regarding the items. It is too long to withhold the applicant properties,” the judge had held.
It was gathered Mompha had barely left the premises of the EFCC office in Ikoyi after collecting the items on Friday when operatives of the anti-graft agency waylaid him and returned him into custody.
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