The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arrested Ismailia Mustapha, aka Mompha, a Dubai-based social media celebrity, for alleged money laundering.
The EFCC, in a statement by its spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said Mompha was taken into custody on Monday, January 10.
The anti-graft ageny explained that this followed suspicion that Mompha was laundering funds obtained through unlawful activities and had also retained alleged proceeds of crime.
36ng gathers that Mompha is standing trial at the Federal High Court in Lagos alongside his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited on an amended 22-count charge bordering on cyberfraud and money laundering to the tune of N32.9bn brought against him by the EFCC.
He pleaded not guilty to each of the counts.
Mompha’s first arrest
The defendant, Mompha, was first arrested by the staff of the Nigeria Immigration Service on October 18, 2019 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport while boarding an Emirates Airline Flight to Dubai, after he was put on a watch list by the EFCC.