Court orders EFCC to return Mompha’s seized items

Federal High Court presided over by Justice Mohammed Liman has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release all items seized from a social media influencer, Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha when he was arrested. Justice Liman made the order while ruling on an application filed by Mompha’s counsel, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN ) who led Kolawole Salami and  Adefolaju Ademola, in asking the court for the order to release the seized items. Mompha is standing trial alongside his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited on an amended…

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Money laundering: EFCC witness denies meeting with Mompha

An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) witness, Abiodun Audu, in the ongoing trial of internet celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, before  a Federal High Court, Lagos, denied ever meeting him in the course of filing his company’s tax return. The witness, Audu, who claimed to be a Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN), also told the Court, presided over by Justice Muhammad Liman, that it was one Alhaji Hamodu, a director in Mompha’s company, Ismalob Global investments Limited, that contacted him to file the tax return for the company. Mompha…

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Money laundering: Internet celebrity, Morpha gets N100m bail

A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, granted bail to the Internet Celebrity, Ismail Mustapha, popularly called Morpha, who was arraigned before the court for allegedly laundering the sum of N33 billion, in the sum of N100 million with one surety. The surety according to the presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Liman, must have a landed property with the Court’s jurisdiction, which its tittle documents must be verified by relevant Lands authority, while the surety is to be verified by the Court’s Deputy Chief Registrar (DCR). Justice Liman also ordered Morpha to…

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Alleged N33bn money laundering: Court fixes Nov. 29 for trial of Mompha

A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, fixed Friday, November 29, for the commencement of trial of an Internet Celebrity, Ismail Mustapha, popularly called Mompha, for alleged laundering of over N18.. billion The court presided over by Justice Muhammed Liman, fixed the date after Mompha had pleaded to 14 counts charge of money laundering, unauthorized BDC trading and failure to comply with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment in carrying out his business . Arraigning the susp[ect, the prosecuting agency through its lawyers, Rotimi Oyedepo and A. S. Sulaiman,…

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Alleged money laundering; Mompha demands N5m from EFCC for unlawful detention

Alleged money laundering; Mompha demands N5m from EFCC for unlawful detention A businessmen, Ismaila Mustapha, has instituted a fundamental rights enforcement suit before a High Clurt of Lagos State, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for detaining him beyond the constitutionally stipulated days. Ismaila popularly called Morpha, in the suit filed by his lawyers, who include: Mr. Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), Ademola Adefolaju, Kolawole Salami and four others, is demanding the sum of N5 million as damages from the EFCC. He is also seeking a court order directing the…

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Court acquits, discharges jonathan’s aide, Dudafa, other over alleged N1.6bn fraud

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, today, discharged and acquitted Dr. Emmanuel Waripamo-Owei Dudafa,  Senior Special Assistant to former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who was charged before the court for conspiracy, forgery and laundering of the sum of N1.6 billion levelled against him and a banker Mr Iwejuo Joseph  by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Also discharged and acquitted alongside Dr. Dudafa, on the alleged offences, is a banker, Iwejuo Joseph. At the delivering of the judgment today, the EFCC was represented by Rotimi Oyedepo, while  Dudafa was…

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N1.6bn Fraud: Ex-President Jonathan aide, Dudafa, other plea not guilty to amended charge

The former Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan, on Domestic Affairs, Dr. Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel Dudafa, today, pleaded not guilty to the 22 counts amended charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N1.6bn fraud. Also, Dudafa’s co-defendant, Iwejuo Joseph Nna, equally pleaded not to the amended charge. The plea of the two defendants were retaken on the amended charge dated November 9, 2018, after Justice Mohammed Idris, had ruled that the prosecution can amend charge before judgment of any case. Delivering ruling either…

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Patience Jonathan, others beg Court to unfreeze million-dollars account

The former First lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Monday October 29, begged a Federal High Court, Lagos, to unfreeze her accounts housing $8.4m and N7.4 billion. The former first lady through her lawyers today, argued passionately to Justice Mojisola Olatoregun who presided over the court, while the accounts must be unfreeze. It would be recalled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on April 20, through an exparte application, obtained an interim forfeiture of the said monies. After taking argument from the Jonathan’s lawyer, the matter was adjourned…

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