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Return Mompha's Passport, wrist watches and iPhone — Federal High Court to EFCC

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release all items seized from Ismaila Mustapha a.k.a Mompha.

Justice Liman who ruled on a July 6 application brought by Momoha's Counsel, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), has ordered the release of the items which include luxury wrist watches, an appe iPhone, an iPhone 8 device and a pair of sunglasses, which where among the items found with him during the arrest October 19, 2019, in Abuja.

The federal high court judge who noted that the prosecution has the right to seize a property during an arrest, likewise a duty to approach the court for an interim order, stated that due process must be observed and failure to do this is considered illegal. Liman further averred that the items had been with the EFCC for eight months already.

He said;

None of these items was listed as exhibit, none of the items was listed on the charge. At this stage, there is nothing on record that the items seized is being investigated on.
“The retention of the property without compliance with due process violates the requirements of Section 29 of the Act”“Failure to release the property is illegal. As at today, no charge has been filed regarding the items. It is too long to withhold the applicant properties.

Mompha is standing trial alongside his company, Ismalob Global Investment Ltd, on an amended twenty two-count charge bordering on cyber fraud and money laundering to the tune of N33 billion.

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