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Mompha Slams EFCC With ₦5M Lawsuit 

Yusuf Dotun

The famous internet socialite, Ismaila Mustapha, also known as Mompha, has slammed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with a 5 million naira lawsuit on the grounds of fundamental human rights violation and unlawful detention.

Mompha was earlier arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, by the EFCC on allegations of his involvement in money laundering and cybercrime.

In the suit that was filed by his lawyer, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), before the Lagos State High Court, Mustapha alleged that his detention had exceeded the limit permitted by the constitution without being arraigned before a jury.

He requested the court to order his immediate release from detention or direct the EFCC to promptly charge him to court.

Oyewole (SAN) made it known in the suit that his client, who had been subjected to physical and psychological abuse, was supposed to be protected by his fundamental human rights as a Nigerian citizen. He added that since his remand order had expired, he was supposed to be released.

While a date is yet to be fixed for Mompha’s court case, the EFCC alleged that he was arrested for his involvement in criminal frivolities based on intel received from international collaborative law enforcement agencies.

The agency also made it known that Mustapha, who poses as a bureau de change operator, is always showing off bundles of foreign currencies and luxurious cars on his social media pages. According to EFCC, his BDC guise is for the purpose of laundering his illegal funds.