The Federal high court in Lagos has ordered the Economic Financial Crimes Commission to release all items they sized from Ismailia Mustapha known as Mompha .
Justice Liman who ruled on a July 6 application filed by Mompha’s counsel Me Gboyega (SAN) ordered the return of the luxury wristwatches,an Apple iPhone,iPod,IPhone 8 anabolic a pair of sunglasses,that was reportedly found on him when he was arrested 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.
“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 a 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 #33billion.