Mompha ask EFCC to pay him N5m over his re-arrest


Instagram celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha aka Mompha has instituted a N5 million lawsuit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC over his arrest on Friday.

Zino Magazine earlier reported that the businessman was taken to custody by men of the anti-graft agency on Friday, August 14  when he visited the EFCC  office in Ikoyi to retrieve his five wristwatches, one Apple Air pod, one iPhone 8 mobile phone and one pair of sunglasses, seized by the agency last October while he was being arrested.

An application by his lawyer, Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), Justice Mohammed Liman had on July 24 ordered the EFCC to release the seized items to Mompha.

Mompha was rearrested when he went to reclaim his properties, shortly after he left the EFCC premises, operatives of the anti-graft agency waylaid him and arrested him.

In a suit filed before the Federal High Court Lagos by his lawyer, Gboyega Oyewole (SAN) on August 18, Mompha prayed the court to mandate the EFCC to pay him N5m for what he termed his “unlawful re-arrest and detention.” He urged the court to declare that the continued seizure of the items violated his right to own property under Section 44 of the constitution.

The court is yet to fix a date for the hearing of Mompha’s suit.

EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, said Mompha’s re-arrest was connected to a fresh set of cyber fraud charges.