Crime

Mompha’s Absence Stalls Alleged N6bn Fraud Case

The absence of social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha, on Thursday has again stalled his alleged 6 billion naira money laundering trial before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Ikeja Special Offences Court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, charged Mustapha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Ltd with eight counts bordering on money laundering, conspiracy to launder money obtained through unlawful activities, and laundering of money obtained through unlawful activities.

Justice Dada had on June 22 issued a bench warrant for Mustapha’s arrest following his absence in court.

She also revoked the bail that was granted to the defendant.

EFCC accused the defendant on June 10 for flouting the court’s order by travelling to Dubai with a new international passport.

During Thursday court sitting, the EFCC counsel, Samuel Daji, told the court that the commission was still in the process of re-arresting the defendant.

The defence counsel, Kolawole Salami, also prayed the court for an extension of time to bring back the defendant to court.

However, Justice Dada adjourned the case until September 21, 2022 for further report.

Punch/Maxwell Oyekunle

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