Ricky Tarfa (SAN) has lost in the bid to stop his trial on a 27-count charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice A.A. Akintoye of a Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, which, Friday, assumed jurisdiction to entertain the suit, dismissed Tarfa’s preliminary objection, filed through his counsel, Anthony Idigbe (SAN), urging it to quash the charge and decline jurisdiction.
Tarfa was arraigned on March 9, on a charge of refusal to declare assets, making false statements, offering gratification to a public officer and failure to declare his assets.
At the resumed hearing Friday, Justice Akintoye refused the defendant’s prayers but reserved her decision till the end of trial on the prayer to declare that falsification of age was not an offence known to law.
The Judge said that the EFCC had the power to investigate and prosecute Tarfa.
“On the issue of the charge being an abuse of court process as argued by the accused, I hold that the information contained in the charge before me is different from the one before my learned brother.
“In that charge what the accused is charged with, is obstructing EFCC officials from effecting their lawful duties.
“I therefore hold that the information in this charge is not an abuse of court process,” she held.
The Judge also ruled that the Commission had the power to ask the defendant to declare his assets anytime, whether upon arrest or later, so far the offences charged were related to financial crimes.
The case was adjourned till May 12, for continuation of trial.