A senior advocate lawyer, Rickey Tarfa has failed in his bid to abruptly stop his trial for allegedly bribing a judge hearing a suit he was defending. Tarfa’s counse, Jelili Owonikoko, also a senior advocate, had made a no-case submission, but was dismissed by trial judge, Adedayo Akintoye of the Lagos State High Court. The details of the court proceeding is contained in an EFCC press release.
However, Justice Akintoye rejected the no-case submission on the basis that the EFCC had established a prima-facie against Tarfa.
“The prosecution has established extended elements of facts in the charge. The evidence of the prosecution has not been discredited during cross- examination by the defence.
“I find no merit in this prayer. The no-case submission is hereby dismissed,” the judge said.
Consequently, the judge ordered the defendant to open his defence.
Justice Akintoye adjourned to March 13, 21 and 22, 2018 for the defendant to open his defence.
Tarfa is facing trial on an amended 26-count charge bordering on alleged willful obstruction of authorised officials of the EFCC, refusal to declare assets, making false information and offering gratification to a public official. Also, before closing its case, Usman Zakari, a prosecution witness with the EFCC told the court Tarfa lied about his age and how he refused to fill the assets declaration form administered on him in line with the EFCC Act Section 7 (a) and (b).