Popular Internet socialite, Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha, have sued anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over his fresh arrest which he termed “unlawful re-arrest and detention.”

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It would be recalled that Mompha, who is answering N32bn fraud charges, was

re-arrested last Friday when he went to the EFCC office in Ikoyi, Lagos to reclaim his

five wristwatches, one Apple Air pod, one iPhone 8 mobile phone and one pair of

sunglasses seized from him by the anti-graft agency since last year.

The visit followed a July 24 ruling by Justice Mohammed Liman ordering the

release of the seized items on the grounds that the EFCC did not list them

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as exhibits in court.

In the suit filed by his lawyer, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), on Tuesday, Mompha rayed the court to declare that his re-arrest and detention by the EFCC was

unjustifiable and unlawful.

He is equally urging the court to declare that the continued seizure of the items

violated his right to own property under Section 44 of the constitution.

He is praying the court to order the EFCC not only to free him but also to give him

back the seized items and pay him N5m damages.

A litigation officer in the office of his lawyer, Kayode Adeboye, contended that

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Mompha’s arrest was baseless because he had been granted bail by the court and

he never absconded.

According to Adeboye, in line with the bail conditions, Mompha had been reporting at

the EFCC office fortnightly without defaulting.

But the spokesman for the EFCC, Mr Dele Oyewale, said Mompha’s re-arrest was connected to a fresh set of cyber fraud charges.

The court has yet to fix a date to hear Mompha’s N5m suit.

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