An unnamed Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s international partner has secured the arrest of alleged cyber crime kingpin, Ismaila Mustapha also known as Mompha.
A counsel in an ongoing case against Mompha, S.I Suleiman confirmed this on Monday.
By this development, Mompha is expected to be around for his trial scheduled for July 3, 2023 depending on the arrangement between the EFCC and the foreign partners.
His trial was to continue in absentia today following effort by the EFCC to arrest him after he jumped bail.
According to Suleiman the defendant is not yet in their custody in Lagos.
He asked the court for a new date for trial while assuring that the defendant would be in court by the next adjourned date.
During proceedings, counsel to the defendant, Gboyega Oyewole (SAN) was still absent in court.
Recall that the judge had ruled that the trial of the defendant must proceed in his absence.
Mustapha who is being prosecuted by EFCC on a 8-count charge bordering on the offences of conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of over N6billion, along with his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited.
It will be recalled that Mompha and his company Ismalob Global Investment Limited was arrested on January 10, 2022 by EFCC, arraigned and granted bail.
But the defendant failed severally to appear in court on scheduled dates for his trial.