Criminal Law

Court revokes Mompha’s bail, orders arrest

Justice Mojisola Dada of a Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of embattled suspected internet fraudster, Ismaila Mustapha alias Mompha.

Ismaila Mustapha, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on a 8-count charge bordering on the offences of conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of over N6 billion, along with his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited.

It will be recalled that Mompha and his company Ismalob Global Investment Limited was arrested on January 10, 2022 by EFCC, arraigned and granted bail.

However, the defendant has failed to appear in court on two scheduled dates for his trial.

At the last adjourned date, the defendant’s matter could not proceed due to his absence.

During proceedings today, the judge stood down the matter for a while in expectation of the defendant’s arrival, yet he failed to appear in court again.

Subsequently, the EFCC lead counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo and defence counsel, Mr. Gboyega Oyewole, SAN, told the court that the development shocked them.

Justice Dada, thereafter expressed concerns about the excused that was given that he tested positive to COVID-19 was found to be false.

Justice Dada revoked the defendant’s bail and ordered his arrest.

She adjourned further proceeding till June 30, 2022.

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