Mompha to be tried in absentia in N6bn fraud charge


Justice Mojisola Dada of an Ikeja Special Offences Court yesterday scheduled for November 16 the further trial of Ismaila Mustapha aka Mompha in a N6 billion money-laundering charge.

Justice Dada said his trial will continue in absentia following failed efforts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) to arrest him after jumping bail.

During proceedings yesterday, EFCC prosecuting counsel, A.O. Mohammed told the court that the commission had made frantic effort to arrest the defendant.

“We had also written letters to our counterpart abroad to secure the presence of the defendant and bring him before this honourable court to no avail,” he said.

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Mohammed therefore asked the court for another date to enable the prosecution commence the trial of the defendant in absentia.

Defence counsel, Gboyega Oyewole, SAN, represented by Kolawale Salami aligned with the position of the commission and asked for adjournment.

Subsequently, the trial judge, Justice Dada adjourned trial till November 16, 2022 for continuation of trial.

The judge also ordered counsels to come to court with their witnesses.

In the course of trial, Justice Dada issued a bench warrant for the arrest of defendant for failing to appear in court for trial.

Ismaila Mustapha is facing an eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of over N6billion.

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