The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arrested Ismaila Mustapha, aka Mompha, on fresh charges of internet fraud. He was granted bail following N33 billion money laundering charge filed against him by the EFCC at the Federal High Court, Lagos.
Mompha was re-arrested last Friday at the Commission’s Ikoyi office when he went to retrieve several items seized from him according to several media reports.
The items – five wristwatches, one Apple Air pod, one iPhone, eight mobile phones and one pair of sunglasses, were confiscated following his arrest last October 19, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
EFCC counsel Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo had told the judge that it had earlier released Mompha’s Air Pod and sunglasses when the application was filed. He said the other properties Mompha sought were still with the commission for investigative purposes.
But following an application by his counsel Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), Justice Mohammed Liman 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.
Mompha is a popular Instagram celebrity who has the knack for showing off his wealth on the social media platform.