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.”
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
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
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.