Alleged bribery: EFCC closes case against Rickey Tarfa

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THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has closed its case against a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Chief Rickey Tarfa for alleged bribery and unlawful obstruction of public officers.

Prosecution counsel Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo yesterday told Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere that the anti-graft agency had exhausted its six witnesses.

The trial began in March 2016.

Responding, Tarfa’s counsel, Mr. Jelili Owonikoko (SAN), sought an adjournment to enable the defence 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 N5.3million gratification to Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court, Lagos 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.

Tarfa pleaded not guilty.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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