Mompha Sues EFCC for N5m Over His Re-Arrest

Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha, is supposedly a Nigerian online celebrity, has filed a N5 million lawsuit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over his recent re-arrest by the the organisation.

The EFCC had arrested Mompha months back over allegations of N32.9 billion money laundering charges whiles he was on a trip about leaving the Abuja airport for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Ismaila was later released after the federal high court in Ikoyi, Lagos which granted him a bail to the tune of N100 million in bond.

The court went on to order the anti-graft agency to release items that were taken from the Mompha on the ground that those items were not listed as exhibits in court.

The seized items included five wristwatches, one Apple Air pod, one iPhone 8 mobile phone, and one pair of sunglasses.


Strangely enough, Mompha was reportedly re-arrested on Friday when he went to the EFCC’s office at Ikoyi to get his seized items back as ordered by the court. This was what prompted him to sue the EFCC.

In the suit filed before the federal high court in Lagos on Tuesday by Gboyega Oyewole, his counsel, the internet celebrity prayed the courts to direct the EFCC to compensate him with a sum of N5 million for “unlawful arrest and detention.”

The socialite who also claims to be a Bureau De Change businessman also prayed the court to declare the continued seizure of his items as a violation of his right to own property as enshrined in section 44 of the constitution.

Reacting, however, Dele Oyewale, spokesman for the EFCC, explained that Mompha’s re-arrest was not connected to the earlier charges pressed against him.

The court is yet to fix a date to hear the N5 million suit.

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