Alleged money laundering: Court revokes Mompha’s bail, issues bench warrant for arrest

An Ikeja Special Offences Court has ordered the immediate arrest of a prominent suspected internet fraudster.

An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Wednesday issued a bench warrant against the social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, alias Mompha, charged with alleged N6 billion money laundering.

Justice Mojisola Dada, therefore, revoked the bail granted to Mompha, following his absence in court for the continuation of his trial on fraud and money-laundering charges.

One of the charges relates to alleged internet fraud of nearly $15m (£12m).

Mompha had pleaded not guilty in the case brought by Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which arrested him in January.

He was subsequently released on bail and had deposited his Nigerian passport as part of the bail conditions.

But he has failed to appear in the Special Offences Court at successive hearings.

The anti-graft agency’s lawyers told the court that the suspect had travelled to Dubai from Ghana using a new passport in violation of his bail conditions.

The court has now revoked the bail and ordered for his immediate arrest. It is not yet clear where he is currently located.

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