EFCC vs Rickey Tarfa: What happened in court on Tuesday

EFCC vs Rickey Tarfa: What happened in court on Tuesday

The trial of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Rickey Tarfa (SAN) charged with alleged N520 million bribe was on Tuesday stalled again due to Tarfa’s ill health. The EFCC charged Tarfa with 26 counts of offering monetary gratification to two judges of the Federal High Court – Justices Hyeladzira Nganjiwa and Mohammed. At the resumed

The trial of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Rickey Tarfa (SAN) charged with alleged N520 million bribe was on Tuesday stalled again due to Tarfa’s ill health.

The EFCC charged Tarfa with 26 counts of offering monetary gratification to two judges of the Federal High Court – Justices Hyeladzira Nganjiwa and Mohammed.

At the resumed hearing of the case, the defendant’s counsel, Mr Jelili Owonikoko (SAN), informed the court that the defendant was in the court’s premises but could not enter the court room due to the severity of his illness.

He said the defence had filed a medical recommendation, asking the court to extend the medical leave given to the defendant for a period of three months to enable him recuperate.

“The defendant is in a vehicle in the court premises,” he said.

However, the defence counsel, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecuting team headed by Mr Usman Buhari and the court’s registrar all went to the vehicle to see the defendant.

When they came in, the EFCC prosecutor, Buhari who stood in for Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court that they saw the defendant in the vehicle.

He also said that the medical report was served on them, therefore had no objection for more time to be given to the defendant to recuperate.

Justice Adedayo Akintoye, however, advised that the defendant must not travel outside the country without court’s knowledge.

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