Mompha’s Ttrial Is Postponed Until December 16 For Money Laundering


The money laundering trial of Instagram celebrity Ismaila Mustapha, also known as Mompha, has been postponed until December 16, 2022.

On Wednesday, Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos, announced the postponement.

Mompha is being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Lagos Zonal Command for an alleged N6 billion theft.

Mompha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, are being prosecuted by the EFCC on an eight-count charge that includes conspiracy to defraud funds obtained through criminal conduct, retention of proceeds of criminal conduct, laundering of funds obtained through criminal conduct, failure to report assets and property, possession of documents containing false pretence, and use of property derived from criminal offense.

The EFCC first charged Mompha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, on January 12, 2022.

The EFCC declared Mompha wanted in August after he refused to appear in court for his trial.

In response, the Instagram celebrity disclosed that on the 10th of December, 2021, after his detention and court appearance on the first case at the Federal High Court in Lagos, the court gave him ruling and ordered the EFCC to release his wrist watches and other valuables in their possession to him.

The EFCC, however, was displeased with the court’s decision and came up with another fabricated charge against him.

He disclosed that when he went to the commission to collect his wristwatch and other belongings, he was arrested and charged.

The EFCC arraigned him before a familiar judge who made bail difficult, and he was detained for two months.

When he was released, he went to see his family and lawyer, and the EFCC lawyer and an EFCC operative used the fact that he went to intimidate him into entering a plea bargain with the EFCC or else he would inform the judge of his travel.

Mompha stated that the commission demanded N142 million in compensation and that he sign a one-year prison sentence, which he found unacceptable.

They then reduced it to N40 million naira and a year in prison.

Mompa’s refusal to accept the plea bargain and play their game prompted the commission to notify the judge that he had traveled, and the judge declared him wanted in the absence of concrete evidence.

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