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Court Orders EFCC To Return Mompha's Passport, Wrist Watches And Iphone Immediately

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has just ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release the items such as passport, wrist watches and iPhone seized from Mompha when he was arrested in 2019 immediately.

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I'm response to an application filed on July 6 by Mompha’s counsel, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), Justice Liman ordered the return of the items which include five luxury wristwatches, an apple iPod, an iPhone 8 device and a pair of sunglasses.

Notably, these are the items reportedly among the items found on him during his arrest last October 19 in Abuja.

While acknowledging that the prosecution has the right to seize a property during an arrest and also a duty to approach the court for an interim order, the federal high court judge stated that due process must be observed and failure to do this is considered illegal.

Liman also averred that the items had been with the EFCC for eight months already.

He said;

“None of these items was listed as exhibit, none of the items was listed on the charge. At this stage, there is nothing on record that the items seized is being investigated on.

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“The retention of the property without compliance with due process violates the requirements of Section 29 of the Act”

“Failure to release the property is illegal. As at today, no charge has been filed regarding the items. It is too long to withhold the applicant properties.”

Mompha is currently standing trial together with 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 billion.

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