EFCC Brings More Bribery Charges Against Tarfa

Ricky Tarfa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), obviously is in a deeper mess than ever before.
Aside the bribery allegation he has been charged with, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it will arraign Tarfa and Joseph Nwobike, before a High Court in Lagos in yet another bribery scandal.
In two separate charges, EFCC accuses the SANs of offering gratification running into millions of naira to Judges in a bizarre ploy to influence decisions in their favour, according to the commission’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren.
Tarfa faces “27 counts of alleged wilful obstruction of authorized officers of EFCC, refusing to declare asset, making false information to an officer of EFCC and offering gratification to a public official,” said Uwujaren.
An EFCC statement said Tarfa gave N1.5 million to Justice Nganjiwa Hyeladzira Ajiya in January 2014, and later N835,000 in October the same year.
It also said Tarfa last December used a proxy account Awa Ajia Limited, owned by Ajiya, to to pay N500,000 to Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the federal high court.
For Nwobike, he is facing a 5 count charge of allegedly attempting to pervert the course of justice and offering gratification to public official.
He is accused of having given N750,000 last March to Yunusa of the Federal High Court directly through his bank account, and another N300,000 six months later, using a bank account belonging to Ajiya.
An affidavit signed by G.O Adebola, an assistant detective commander, claimed that the lawyer started making the suspicious payments on June 27, 2012 with the sum of N1.5 million from his account directly to Mr. Ajiya.
On the same day of the initial payment, Mr Tarfa allegedly paid another N500,000.00 to Mr Ajiya.
According EFCC, other payments include: Five hundred thousand naira paid on 6 August, 2013; N1.5 million paid on 29 January 2014; N835,000 paid on 3 October 2014; N500,000 paid on 22 December, 2014; N1.5 million paid on Awa Ajia Limited’s account number 0000971931 with Access Bank Limited paid on 27 October, 2015, N500,000 paid on 30th December 2015 to Awa Ajia Limited; and N500,000 paid to Awa Ajia 8th January, 2016, N200,000 to Justice Mohammed Yunusa on 30th November, 2015.
Other payments are: N500,000 paid on 15t December, 2015 to Awa Ajia Limited, and another N300,000 paid indirectly to Mr Yunusa, through Awa Ajia Limited.
The anti-graft agency claimed alleged that the monies were meant to subvert the course of justice as they were intended to refrain the judges from acting in the exercise of their official duties and therefore contravenes section 64 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No. 11. 2011.

Author: News Editor

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