EFCC rearrest Mompha overcharges relating to internet fraud

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 Ismaila Mustapha aka Mompha, who is facing money laundering charges before the Federal High Court, has been re-arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.

According to reports  Mompha was re-arrested last Friday, August 14 when he went to the EFCC office in Ikoyi to reclaim his seized properties which includes one Apple Air pod, five wristwatches, eight mobile phones, one iPhone and a pair of sunglasses.

The items were seized from him by operatives of the antigraft agency at the time of his arrest October last year.

An application by his lawyer, Gboyega Oyewole (SAN) prompted Justice Mohammed Liman on July 24 to order the release of the said items to Mompha.

The judge ruled that 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. Justice Liman dismissed the submission by the EFCC that Mompha was still under investigation for another offense, 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’s properties,” the judge had held.

Mompha was waylaid by men of the EFCC after he collected the items on Friday and he was taken to custody.

The spokesman for the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, who  confirmed his re-arrest, said:

“The fresh arrest is unconnected to the existing charges in court. It is related to Internet fraud.”

Also confirming his re-arrest was his lawyer, Oyewole, who said:

“I am filing processes tomorrow (Tuesday). They didn’t tell us why they are detaining him. They have not told us the basis for this re-arrest. As far as we are concerned, the EFCC is seeking to overreach the court because this is coming after we filed our no-case submission to the charges. When they had the opportunity to amend their charges they didn’t and they are claiming that there is a new charge.”

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