Alleged fraudster, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha is suing the EFCC for what he termed “unlawful re-arrest and detention.”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) re-arrested Instagram celebrity Mompha on fresh charges of internet fraud.
According to reports which was confirmed by his lawyer, Mompha was arrested shortly after retrieving his personal properties which included, five wristwatches, One iPhone 8, a pair of sunglasses and one Apple airpod from the premises of the commission.
The items had been seized when he was arrested for the first time on money laundering charges. The court had ordered that the items be returned to him upon arraignment.
Mompha was blocked by EFCC operatives and forcefully brought back into the compound as soon as he left with his property on Friday.
In the suit filed by his lawyer, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), on Tuesday, Mompha prayed the court to declare that his re-arrest and detention by the EFCC was unjustifiable and unlawful.
He is equally urging the court to declare that the continued seizure of the items violated his right to own property under Section 44 of the constitution.
He is praying the court to order the EFCC not only to free him but also to give him back the seized items and pay him N5m damages.
A litigation officer in the office of his lawyer, Kayode Adeboye, contended that Mompha’s arrest was baseless because he had been granted bail by the court and he never absconded.