The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been ordered to withdraw all things confiscated by a federal high court in Lagos from Ismaila Mustapha, popularly referred to as Mompha.
On July 6, Mr. Liman, the judge who agreed to return items including five luxury wristwear, an iPod phone, an iPad 8 and a pair of sun glasses to Mompha’s lawyer,
Mr. Gboyega Oyewele (SAN) ordered the return. They have been reportedly identified at his arrest in Abuja on 19 October Last year In addition to its obligation to petition the tribunal for an Interim Order, the Federal High Court Judge who acknowledged the prosecution’s right to detain a person, claimed that due process must be followed and not to do so is deemed unlawful.
Liman also reported that for eight months the item has already been with the EFCC.
“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 has taken on the trial of an amended 22 count charges bordering cyber fraud and money laundering for N33 billion, along with his company Ismalob Global Investment Ltd.