Court okays Mompha’s trial in absentia

The Ikeja Special Offences Court on Wednesday ordered the continuation of the trial of the social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha,  alias Mompha, charged with alleged N6 billion laundering in absence.

Justice Mojisola Dada adjourned until November 16.

“Make sure you bring your witnesses on that date,” Ms Dada said.

She further ruled that his trial was to continue in absentia, following a futile effort by the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest him after jumping bail.

The EFCC counsel, Abbas Mohammed, said the commission had made a frantic effort to arrest the defendant but to no avail.

“We also wrote letters to our counterpart to secure the presence of the defendant to this Honourable court.

“My lord, we shall be asking for another date to enable prosecution of the defendant on trial in absentia.”

The defence counsel, Kolawale Salami, also aligned with the prosecution and confirmed the commission’s…

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