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The court takes away Mompha’s bail and orders her arrest right away

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Ismaila Mustapha, also known as Mompha, is thought to be an internet fraudster. A Lagos State Special Offences Court in the Ikeja area has issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Justice Mojisola Dada issued the warrant after he didn’t show up for his trial again and again.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, or EFCC, arrested Mompha on January 10, 2022. He and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, were brought to court on January 12 on an 8-count charge of allegedly laundering more than N6billion in cash.

Some parts of the Advance Fee Fraud Act of 2006 and the EFCC Act of 2004 say that the crime is against the law.

He said he wasn’t guilty of everything.

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On January 18, he was given bail in the amount of N200 million with two sureties in the same amount. The judge said that one of the sureties must own property worth N100 million within the court’s jurisdiction.

The court also told the defendant to give the court his international passport and to stay in any Lagos Correctional Center of his choice until the conditions of his bail were met.

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Soon after the court changed his bail conditions on March 28, he was given back to his lawyer, Gboyega Oyewole, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

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Since then, he has missed two court dates when he was supposed to stand trial.

At today’s court hearing, the judge put the case on hold for a while, hoping that the defendant would show up. However, he didn’t show up again.

After talking with the defense lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, the lawyer for the EFCC, asked the court for another stand down. Justice Dada turned down the request.

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“Where is the defendant?” she asked.

Oyedepo told the court that he was shocked that the defendant was not there.

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At that point, Justice Dada said, “The original excuse that he had tested positive for COVID-19 was found to be false.”

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After that, the EFCC prosecutor asked the court to issue an arrest warrant for the defendant so that he or she could be brought to court.

Justice Dada took away the defendant’s bail and ordered his arrest because his lawyer didn’t object.

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She put off any more action until June 30, 2022.

 

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