The case of failure to declare assets brought against Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ricky Tarfa, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), took a new dimension, Friday, when EFCC told a Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere, that there exists electronic evidence to prove its case against Tarfa.
When hearing resumed Friday, counsel to EFCC Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court that the commission has enough evidence including a video recording of Tarfa’s allegedly incriminating conduct at the EFCC office.
He said that Tarfa was placed under electronic surveillance when he twice declared a wrong age in the age declaration form and when he refused to declare his assets in the Assets Declaration Form.
“We have electronic evidence of the defendant’s conduct. We are keeping our gunpowder dry while waiting for the trial to begin,” Oyedepo said
Tarfa was arraigned on March 9, before Justice A. A. Akintoye on a 27-count charge, including refusal to declare his assets, making false statements, offering gratification to a public officer and failure to declare his assets in the Assets Declaration Form.
This suit is different from a two-count charge of obstructing officers of law from carrying out their official duties and attempting to pervert the course of justice, also filed against him by the EFCC, but before Justice Aishat Opesanwo.
Apart from accusing Tarfa of offering gratification to a public officer, the EFCC, among other things, also charged him with the offence of giving false information to the anti-graft agency.
It claimed that Tarfa gave his age as 43 when he was indeed 54, an act the EFCC claimed to be an offence under section 38(2) (a) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act, 2004.
Refusing to declare his assets to the anti-graft agency on February 10, according to EFCC, is contrary to the provisions of section 27(3)(c) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act, 2004.
Justice Akintoye adjourned till April 22, for ruling.