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EFCC arraigns social media celebrity, Mompha, on fraud charges

Ismaila Mustapha

Justice Mojisola Dada of a Lagos Special Offence Court in Ikeja has ordered remand of social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha (known as Mompha) in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), pending hearing of his bail application.

The judge ordered Mompha’s remand after he was arraigned on an eight count charge, which borders on aiding internet fraud and being in possession of fraudulent documents.

Counsel for the prosecution, Rotimi Oyedepo, asked the court for a trial date.

Lead counsel for the defendant, Gboyega Oyewole (SAN) informed the court that his team had already filed a bail application and same had been served on the prosecutor.

However, when the charges were read to Mompha, he pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Responding to the bail application, Mr Oyedepo asked for time to respond .

After entertaining the submissions of counsel’s, Justice Dada adjourned till January 18, 2022, for hearing and ruling on the bail application.

Mompha had earlier been charged before Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos vide charge No FHC/L/413C/19 by the EFCC and was subsequently admitted to bail .

Reporting by Wahab Akinlade: Editing by Marian Benjamin and Tony Okerafor