ICYMI: Suspected Internet Fraudster Mompha, Sues EFCC, Demands N5m Compensation
Suspected Internet Fraudster, Ismaila Mustapha widely known as Mompha, has instituted a fundamental rights enforcement suit before a High Court in Lagos against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for detaining him beyond the constitutionally stipulated days without charging him to court.
He was arrested by the EFCC in October on allegation of cybercrime and money laundering.
In the application dated November 14 and brought pursuant to Section 34-36 and Section 46(1) & (2) of the 1999 Constitution, Mompha is asking the court to declare that his continued detention since October 22, on the orders of a Lagos Magistrate Court which order expired on November 4, is unlawful and constitutes a gross violation of his right to personal liberty.
He is also seeking a court order directing the anti-graft agency to release him unconditionally forthwith from its custody.
His lawyer, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), said his client, as a Nigerian, was entitled to the protection of his fundamental rights under sections 34, 35 and 36 of the 1999 constitution.
Mompha is claiming damages in the sum of N5million against the EFCC for what he calls, his unlawful detention.