Instagram celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, a.k.a Mompha, who is facing money laundering charges before the Federal High Court has been rearrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
According to reports, Mompha was re-arrested last Friday when he went to the EFCC zonal office in Ikoyi, Lagos to reclaim his five wristwatches, one iPhone 8 mobile phone, one Apple Air pod, and a pair of sunglasses seized from him by the anti-graft agency.
Following an application by his lawyer, Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), Justice Mohammed Liman had on July 24 ordered the EFCC to release the items to Mompha.
The judge ruled that since the items were not listed as exhibits in the money laundering charges filed against Mompha, the EFCC had no justification to continue to hold onto them.
He dismissed the submission by the EFCC that Mompha was still under investigation for another offence, saying there was nothing before the court to back the submission.
“Failure to release the property is illegal. As of today, no charge has been file regarding the items. It is too long to withhold the applicant properties,” the judge had held.
Based on new reports, Mompha had barely left the premises of the EFCC Lagos office after collecting the items on Friday, when EFCC operatives waylaid him and took him into custody.
His lawyer, Oyewole, confirmed the re -arrest, vowing to challenge it in court, The Punch reports.
Oyewole said; “I am filing processes tomorrow (Tuesday); they didn’t tell us why they are detaining him . They have not told us the basis for this re-arrest.
“As far as we are concerned, the EFCC is seeking to overreach the court because this is coming after we filed our no-case submission to the charges.
“When they had the opportunity to amend their charges they didn’t and they are claiming that there is a new charge.”
EFCC spokesman, Dele Oyewale said; “The fresh arrest is unconnected to the existing charges in court. It is related to Internet fraud.”