A Federal High Court in Lagos 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.
The items include five luxury wristwatches, an Apple iPod, an iPhone 8 device, and a pair of sunglasses, which were among other items found on him on his arrest last October 19, in Abuja.
Justice Liman made the order while ruling on a July 6 application filed by Mompha’s counsel, Mr. Gboyega Oyewole (SAN).
EFCC counsel Mr Rotimi Oyedepo had told the judge that it had earlier released Mompha’s Air Pod and sunglasses when the application was filed.
He said the other properties Mompha sought were still with the commission for investigative purposes.
Mompha is standing 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 N33
Ruling on Friday, Justice Mohammed Liman noted that although the prosecution has the right to seize property during an arrest, likewise a duty to approach the court for an interim order, due processes must be observed and failure to do this is considered illegal.