Mompha rearrested, faces charges of money laundering

Written by Chukwuma Obiasia

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Popular social media personality and Lagos BDC operator, Ismaila Mustapha, aka Mompha, has been rearrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over charges of money laundering.

Mompha is facing charges before the Federal High Court.

According to multiple online reports, Mompha was re-arrested last Friday when he went to the EFCC office in Ikoyi, Lagos

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 a court order.

Following an application filed on July 6 by Mompha’s counsel, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), Justice Liman ordered the return of the items which include five luxury wristwatches, an apple iPod, an iPhone 8 mobile phone and a pair of sunglasses.

These items the court ordered to be released were reportedly among the items found on him during his last arrest on October 19th in Abuja.

While acknowledging that the prosecution has the right to seize a property during an arrest and also a duty to approach the court for an interim order, the Federal High Court Judge stated that due process must be observed and failure to do this is considered illegal.

According to reports, Mompha had barely left the premises of the EFCC office after collecting the items, when operatives of the anti-graft agency waylaid him and returned him into custody.

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