On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos, cancelled the N200 million bail previously granted to accused online fraudster Ismaila Mustapha, also known as Mompha, and issued an arrest warrant for him.
The EFCC is prosecuting Mompha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, on an eight-count charge encompassing conspiracy to launder funds obtained through illegal activity, retention of proceeds of criminal conduct, laundering of funds obtained through unlawful activity, failure to disclose assets and property, possession of documents containing false pretence, and use of property derived from unlawful act.
The EFCC apprehended Mompha on January 10, 2022, arraigned her, and granted her bail.
Nonetheless, the defendant failed to appear in court on two planned trial dates. Due to his absence at the previous adjourned date, his case could not progress.
At the resumption of proceedings on Wednesday, Justice Mojisola Dada paused the case in anticipation of the defendant’s appearance, but he did not show up.
The EFCC’s chief attorney, Rotimi Oyedepo, requested a further stand down, but the judge denied the request and then inquired, “Where is the defendant?”
Oyedepo, while addressing the court, expressed dismay at the event.
At that time, Justice Dada stated, “It was determined that the explanation that he tested positive for COVID-19 was untrue.”
The prosecutor, Oyedepo, thereafter urged the judge to issue an arrest order to ensure the defendant’s appearance in court.
Subsequently, Justice Dada revoked the defendant’s bail and ordered his arrest.
She postponed further proceedings until 30 June 2022.