Prosecution Closes Case Against Tarfa

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has closed its case against Rickey Tarfa (SAN) for alleged bribery and unlawful obstruction of public officers.
Prosecution counsel Rotimi Oyedepo on Monday told Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere that the anti-graft agency had exhausted its six witnesses.
The trial started in March 2016.
Responding, Tarfa’s counsel, Jelili Owonikoko (SAN), sought an adjournment so the defence can analyse its case before taking its next step.
Consequently, Justice Akintoye adjourned till November 16, to hear from the defence.
The EFCC arraigned Tarfa on March 10, 2016 on a 27-count charge which was subsequently amended to 26 counts.
He was accused of alleged willful obstruction of authorised EFCC officials, refusal to declare assets and giving false information to a public officer.
The agency also alleged, among others, that the lawyer offered N5.3m gratification to Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court, Lagos in order to compromise the Judge.
It claimed that Tarfa transferred the money in several tranches to Justice Nganjiwa between June 27, 2012 and December 23, 2014.
In another instance, the agency alleged that the SAN lied about his age and failed to declare his assets to the commission after his arrest on February 5, 2015.
Tarfa pleaded not guilty.
The lawyer is also standing trial before Justice Aishat Opesanwo of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, on a two-count charge of obstruction of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
He pleaded not guilty to both counts.

Author: News Editor

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