Remember the Senior Advocate Of Nigeria (SAN), Rickey Tarfa who had 90 SANs representing him in court? Well, here’s a follow up on the court case.
In an affidavit filed in court to counter the N2.5 billion suit instituted against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by Rickey Tarfa (SAN), the EFCC has supplied evidence of transfer of N225,000 to Justice Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court’s account, on January 7, 2014.
Also provided as evidence by the EFCC is an SMS from Justice Yunusa acknowledging the receipt of the bribe from Mr. Tarfa with the words: “Thank you my senior advocate.”
In the affidavit also are other SMS messages showing requests from other lawyers in Mr. Tarfa’s practice specifically requesting the Chief Registrar to assign certain cases filed by them to Mr. Yunusa. Evidence was also provided showing that Mr. Tarfa and his associates won all cases assigned to Mr. Yunusa’s court.
Rickey Tarfa’s MTN call logs to show regular communication with Justice Yunusa when the 3 cases were pending, were also outlined in the affidavit filed by EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Wahab Shittu.
The EFCC further stated that the handsets with which Mr. Tarfa was communicating with Mr. Yunusa have been seized and become exhibits in the criminal case pending against him in the Lagos High Court.
The EFCC had accused Rickey Tarfa, of having a long history of manipulating courts and improperly communicating with judges.
On Tuesday, Mr. Tarfa, was arraigned by the EFCC before a Lagos State High Court on a two-count charge of obstruction of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Firstly by communicating with a Federal High Court judge that was handling a suit filed by him against the commission and on a second count charge, hiding two suspects, Nazaire Sorou Gnanhoue and Modeste Finagnon, both Beninoise, in his Mercedes Benz SUV, thereby shielding them from arrest and wilfully obstructing the course of justice.
Mr. Tarfa had fought back, dragging the anti-graft agency before a court to enforce his fundamental rights.
The anti-graft agency is arguing that Mr. Tarfa was lawfully arrested for obstructing the arrest of his clients, and have justified the seizure of his car where he had held his clients for over 5 hours in the premises of the high court.
The EFCC counsel, Mr. W. K Shitu, has therefore motioned that Justice M. B. Idris dismiss the N2.5 billion claim by Mr. Tarfa. The case hearing continues today.