Court Orders Interim Forfeiture Of Mompha’s iPhone, Designer Wristwatches, Glasses

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The interim forfeiture of the high-end designer items confiscated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) during the arrest of Instagram celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, alias Mompha has been ordered by a Federal High Court in Lagos.

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The items – five luxury sunglasses, five luxury wristwatches and an iPhone 8 – were seized from Mompha at his arrest by the EFCC on October 19, 2019 at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

Justice Lewis Allagoa made the order after hearing an ex-parte application argued by EFCC counsel Chinenye Ugwoke.

He ruled that the order subsists pending the EFCC’s investigation of the respondents in the suit, Mompha and his company Ismalob Global Investment Ltd.

The judge, who made the order on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, further gave any interested party 14 days to show cause why the items should not be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Mompha, a social media celebrity – and Ismalob Global Investment boss, have since November 25, 2019, been facing a 14-count N32.9 billion money laundering charge before Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court (FHC) in Lagos.

The 11 luxury items are a Dsquared sunglass; Tomford – TF586 sunglass; Cartier – B17C76B sunglass; Montblanc – MB0045S sunglass and a Louis Vuitton- Z1186E sunglass.

The five wristwatches are a Rolex Oyster Perpetual; Audemars Piguet; Audemars Piguet- J46220; XY Hublot – 1321920; and an XY Hublot- 924206.

The iPhone 8’s serial number is C8PVF1LKJC6C.

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