The continued trial of social media movie star, Ismailia Mustapha, also called, Mompha over cash laundering allegations earlier than the Lagos State Particular Offences Court docket in Ikeja was yesterday stalled as a result of absence of his lawyer in courtroom.
The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) had arraigned the defendant earlier than the courtroom on an eight-count cost of laundering the sum of N6.5 billion alongside his agency, Ismalob World Funding Restricted.
The anti-graft company had accused the defendant of conspiracy to launder cash obtained by illegal actions, and laundering of cash obtained by illegal actions.
Mompha was additionally accused of retention of proceeds of felony conduct, use of property derived from illegal acts, possession of paperwork containing false pretenses, and failure to reveal property.
He, nonetheless, pleaded not responsible to the cost.
On the resumed listening to of the matter on Wednesday, EFCC counsel, Suleiman Suleiman, knowledgeable the courtroom that the prosecution was in courtroom with two witnesses.
He, nonetheless, identified to the trial decide, Justice Mojisola Dada that the lead defence counsel,Gboyega Oyewole (SAN) was not in courtroom.
Suleiman stated, “there is no such thing as a illustration for the defence and I attempted reaching the junior counsel who stated that the SAN must be right here, however he’s not.”
LEADERSHIP recollects that the EFCC had on June 10 accused the defendant of flouting the order of the courtroom by travelling to Dubai with a brand new worldwide passport.
Justice Dada had adjourned the trial to December 16.