Internet celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known Mompha, has dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) to court over alleged unlawful detention and a violation of his rights.
In the suit Mompha filed before the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, Mompha is demanding N5m against the EFCC for putting him in detention beyond the constitutionally-allowed period without being charged to court.
He prayed the court to set him free if the EFCC is not ready to charge him to court.
In a 20-paragraph supporting affidavit, one Olumuyiwa Ajidagba claimed that “The applicant (Mompha) has been subjected to physical, mental and psychological torture in the underground cell of the EFCC’s detention centre.”
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.
Oyewole said his client was arrested on October 19 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja by the EFCC which accused him of money laundering.
He said the remand order which the EFCC obtained to keep Mompha had since expired and he ought to be released.
The court has yet to fix any date to hear the case.