The Particular Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos, has revoked the N200 million bail earlier granted to Lagos socialite, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly often known as Mompha, and issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
The choose, Mojisola Dada, revoked the bail following Mr Mustapha’s persistent absence from courtroom proceedings, the the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) stated in an announcement on Wednesday.
Earlier on the proceedings, the prosecution requested that the matter be quickly stood till midday for the defendant to be current in courtroom, EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, stated within the assertion.
However when the case was re-called, the defendant was once more absent from courtroom, prompting the choose, Ms Dada, to ask: “So, the place is the defendant?”
Responding, Mr Oyewole, a senior advocate, who additionally expressed shock on the growth, advised the courtroom that he was given the reassurance that the defendant can be in courtroom.
“I had his assurance till yesterday night time that he will likely be in courtroom, and that was why I used to be ready downstairs for him,” he stated.
Mr Oyewole additional advised the courtroom that following the absence of the defendant on the earlier sitting, he made efforts to make sure that the defendant was in courtroom for the continuation of the trial.
Reacting, the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, stated: “If I say that this growth is just not surprising, it will likely be an understatement.
“As of yesterday, the realized senior advocate mentioned with me and guaranteed me that we should always proceed right this moment with this proceedings.”
Mr Oyedepo then knowledgeable the courtroom that, “we’ve been capable of file a plea cut price that he signed.”
He, nevertheless, famous that the defence counsel appeared to have taken some steps, including that “it seems it isn’t yielding any outcomes.
“I urge your lordship to problem a warrant for his arrest and for the manufacturing of the defendant earlier than your lordship.”
Granting Mr Oyedepo’s request, the choose dominated that “The bail of the defendant is as soon as once more revoked and a bench warrant issued for his arrest in opposition to the following adjourned date of Thursday, thirtieth June 2022.”
Mompha has had a number of run-ins with the EFCC within the final two years involving allegations of cash laundering and fraud. He has denied the costs.
He was arraigned by the EFCC, on January 12, 2022, on eight counts of allegations of conspiracy to launder funds obtained by means of illegal exercise, retention of proceeds of felony conduct, laundering of funds obtained by means of illegal exercise, failure to reveal belongings and property, possession of paperwork containing false pretence and use of property derived from an illegal act. Over N5 billion is alleged to be concerned.
The choose had, on June 10, ordered the non permanent revocation of the defendant’s bail however launched him to his counsel, who pleaded for one week to research the allegation by the prosecution that the defendant procured one other passport totally different from the one submitted to the courtroom, as a part of situations for his bail.
The prosecution advised the courtroom that the defendant used a brand new passport to journey from Ghana to Dubai thereby violating his bail phrases.
The continuation of the trial was additionally stalled final Thursday, as a result of absence of the defendant.
The defence lawyer, Mr Oyewole, had requested a stand-down all through the proceedings and guaranteed the Court that his consumer will likely be there.
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