A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has granted an order of interim forfeiture of 11 luxury items confiscated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from social media celebrity Ismaila Mustapha, famously known as Mompha.
The items include five luxury sunglasses, five luxury wristwatches, and an iPhone8, which were seized from Mompha when he was arrested by the EFCC on October 19, 2019, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Justice Lewis Allagoa made the order on Wednesday, October 13, after hearing arguments for a former parte application by EFCC counsel Chinenye Ugwoke.
The judge ruled that the order subsists pending the EFCC’s investigation of the respondents in the suit, Mompha and his company Ismalob Global Investment Ltd.
Mompha, a social media celebrity, and Ismalob Global Investment have since November 25, 2019, been facing a 14-count money laundering charge to the tune of N32.9 billion before Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court (FHC) in Lagos.
The 11 luxury items seized 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.
The EFCC supported its application with an affidavit by an investigating officer with the anti-graft agency’s Advance Fee Fraud Section, AFF, section, Mr. Bot Dachung.
Dachung revealed that “the purpose of this application is to prevent the respondents from tampering and/or dissipating the properties listed in the schedule to this application which are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.”
He added: “If the properties listed in the schedule to this application are not temporarily and timeously forfeited, efforts of the ongoing investigation relating to internet/cyber-related crimes and possible prosecution would be brought to a naught.”
The EFCC told the judge that the items were “found in the possession of the 1st Respondent (Mompha), which property/asset is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities and presently in the lawful custody of the Applicant.”
According to the agency, a preliminary investigation revealed various intelligence reports linking Mompha with chains of internet/cybercrime activities.
It further alleged that there “have been concerted ongoing investigation activities against the Respondents with respect to the 1st Respondent’s (alleged) involvement in cybercrime activities.
“The properties listed in the schedule to this application were recovered from the 1st Respondent upon his arrest by the operatives of the applicant, hence this application.
“That efforts and attempts have been made by the 1st Respondent through his legal representatives to retrieve the said properties listed in the schedule to this application.”
In a bench ruling, Justice Allagoa granted the order as prayed.
Justice Liman on October 12, 2020, dismissed Mompha’s ‘no case’ application in his case with the EFCC.
The judge held that the EFCC had established a prima facie case against Mompha, requiring him to explain himself.
Ritual: Nigerian man nabbed after digging a grave in his room and attempting to bury his victim alive (video)
A man has been caught after digging a grave in his room and endeavoring to bury his victim alive.
Bennievibez gathered that an eyewitness who was heard saying the incident happened because the man ”wants to drive a new car,” revealed that it occurred on January 6, 2022.
There are conflicting reports on who the victim was online. While some claimed it was his girlfriend, others alleged that it’s a boy he sent out on an errand.
The lady heard speaking in the background, also disclosed that she had repeatedly said the man is evil, but no one believed her.
See the video below…
NSCDC arrests serial POS fraudster in Kwara
The Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Kwara state have arrested a suspected serial POS fraudster and fake alert scammer, Victor Adebayo, 24.
Parading the suspect in Ilorin on Friday, the 14th of January, the state commandant of the NSCDC, Makinde Iskil Ayinla, said that the suspect had sometimes posed as a pastor to dupe his victims.
He said that the suspect was apprehended by the intelligence unit of the corps after he had defrauded several unsuspected people of the amount of money worth more than N700,000.
According to the Civil Defence boss, the suspect who claims to be a Lagos based resident usually send alerts to unsuspected POS operators and will now collect cash from them and disappear into thin air.
“On January 13, 2022, operatives of the NSCDC intelligence and investigations department picked up a suspected serial fraudster who has been going around defrauding people of their hard-earned money,” Ayinla stated.
“The suspect was usually going around in his Toyota Corolla car and very neat appearance and would meet POS operators to give him cash and he will now make a fake transfer which he has programmed on his phone,”
The suspect, who admitted that he had been doing it for over two years, had previously posed as a pastor to convince the POS operators or tell them that his wife is in labor in the hospital and needed a certain amount of money.
Meanwhile, some POS operators in the Ilorin metropolis, especially some that might have fallen victim to fake alert fraudsters before, had thronged the Kwara State Command of the NSCDC, trying to identify the suspected serial fraudster.
The state commandant also petitioned the POS operators and the entire people in the state to be wary of the fraudulent acts of certain criminal elements who he said are going about with intention of defrauding them of their money.
Two teenagers caught allegedly trying to use 14-year-old girl for rituals in Bayelsa (photos/videos)
A 14-year-old girl was on Monday, rescued from 2 teenagers while they were allegedly attempting to use her for money ritual purposes in Bayelsa State.
The two boys said to be 16 years old, were caught in the early hours of Monday, the 3rd of January, at Sagbama Federated community in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.
It was learned that the boys allegedly enticed the girl with their prepared charm to an uncompleted building to carry out the operation, but luck ran out of them as they were glimpsed by a passerby that suspected their ‘ill’ movement.
One of the boys is said to be the son of the traditional ruler of the Amanana-owei community.
See more photos and watch the video below…
NDLEA arrests young lady attempting to smuggle Cocaine concealed in cooked food for boyfriend in Agency’s custody (photo)
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA have apprehended a 22-year-old Amaka Ogonachukwu for trying to smuggle wraps of cocaine concealed in cooked white rice for her boyfriend, Monday Imagbebenikaro.
A statement issued by the spokesperson of the anti-drug agency, Femi Babafemi,says the boyfriend, 40, is presently in the custody of the Edo state command of NDLEA.
He said Monday was arrested earlier along Airport Road, Benin City, Oredo LGA, for dealing in crack cocaine, Cannabis Sativa and Danabel (Anabolic steroids).
Technician, 32, arrested for allegedly stabbing 42-year-old union leader to death in Ogun (photo)
A 32 year old Fridge/Aircondition technician by the name of Toheeb Akanji, aka T.cash has been apprehended by men of Ogun state police command for allegedly stabbing to death a 42 years old Damilare Babatunde Oladipupo, a member of one of the transport union in Ogun state.
The suspect was apprehended following a distress call received at Agbado divisional headquarters at about 12:30 midnight from one Oluomo, that one Oladipupo Babatunde, aka no story who came to Blue roof hotel in Adiyan Gasline to celebrate with the hotel owner, has been stabbed to death by an unknown person.
Upon the distress call, the DPO Agbado division, CSP Kehinde Kuranga, quickly mobilised his men and moved to the scene. On getting there, it was found out that the deceased was lured out of the hotel and stabbed severally on the chest, hand and face. It was also discovered that he struggled with his assailant which made him to seize the cardigan wore by the suspect as well as the knife he used to stab him.
The deceased was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead by the doctor.
Confirming the incident, the public relations officer of the command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the commissioner of police, CP Lanre Bankole, who was immediately informed promptly directed that the suspect must be hunted for and brought to book within 24 hours.
”Upon the CP’s directive, the DPO and his men embarked on intelligence-based investigation, and at about 5p.m. of Saturday 25th of December 2021,the suspect was arrested.
On interrogation, the suspect confessed killing the deceased but blamed it on devil handwork. He stated that he came to the hotel to find out who beat and injured one of his boys, but on getting there, the deceased accosted him and started fighting with him. It was then he brought out the knife he came with and used it to stab him.” Abimbola said
Meanwhile, the commissioner of police CP Lanre Bankole has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.
Three boys arrested for allegedly stealing sacks of grain in Kaduna
3 boys have been apprehended for allegedly stealing sacks of grain in Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Kaduna State Vigilante Service in Ikara posted photos of the suspects via Facebook on Thursday, the 18th day of November, 2021.
“Hausa people said thousand days are for the thief” the post read.
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