Popular Internet Celebrity,”Ismaila Mustapha” popularly known as Mompha who is facing money laundering charges before the Federal High Court, was re-arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial crimes commission EFCC.
Punch reports that the Internet sensation was re-arrested last Friday, August 14 when he went to the EFCC office in Ikoyi, Lagos to reclaim his Five wristwatches, one Apple Airpod, one iPhone 8 mobile phone and one pair of sunglasses, seized from him by the anti-graft agency last october.
Around October last year, he was first arrested in connection to money laundering and was later discharged without being indicted.
The judge receding the case, justice Mohammed Liman had on July 24 ordered the EFCC to release the 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.
Mompha had barely left the the premises of the EFCC office in Ikoyi after collecting the items on Friday when operatives took him back into custody.
Confirming his re-arrest, his lawyer, Gboyega Oyewole (SAN) said:
“I am filling processes today (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 change”.
The spokeman for the EfCC, Dele Oyewale, who also confirmed his re-arrest said:
The fresh arrest is unconnected to the existing charges in court. this has to do with Internet fraud.