An Igbosere High Court of Lagos State, yesterday, adjourned to hear an application filed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Rickey Tarfa, seeking to quash the charge over alleged refusal to declare his assets.
Tarfa was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 27-count charge bordering on refusal to declare assets, making false statement, offering gratification to a public officer, failure to declare his assets in the Assets Declaration Form.
At the resumed hearing yesterday, the EFCC Prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Oyedipo, told the court that the case was for trial.
But counsel to the accused, Mr Nnaemeka Ngige, informed the court that he had filed an application seeking to quash the charge.
Ngige said he had served the prosecutor with the application, but only received the counter-affidavit 20 minutes ago.
He, therefore, urged the court to adjourn the case to enable him respond to the counter-affidavit.
Consequently, Justice A. A. Akintoye adjourned the case till April 15 for hearing of the application to quash the charge.
Tarfa was arraigned by the EFCC on March 9.
The prosecutor had informed the court that on February 10, Tarfa failed to declare his assets in the declaration of assets form that was issued to him by the commission when he was arrested.
Oyedipo added that the accused also made a false statement on February 5 to one Usman Zakari, a senior detective officer of the commission in the course of exercising his duty, by claiming that he was 43 years old.
EFCC also alleged that Tarfa on June 27, 2012, intentionally gave the sum of N1.5 million to Justice Nganjiwa Ajiya of a Lagos Federal High Court, directly from his Zenth Bank account, so that the said judge would act in the exercise of his official duties.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria allegedly gave the same judge N500,000 on the same day, in order that he be refrained from acting in the exercise of his official duties.
EFCC also alleged that on January 29, 2014, the accused also intentionally gave the same judge N1.5 million from his account, and on October 3, 2014, he gave him N835,000.
“On December 22, 2014, Tarfa intentionally gave the judge the sum of N500,000 in order that he refrains from acting in the exercise of his official duties. On October 27, 2015, the accused intentionally gave the sum of N1.5 million to Justice Ajiya by directly depositing the said sum into Awa Ajia Nigeria Ltd’s account No. 0000971931, domiciled in Access Bank Plc.
“The said account belongs to the judge and it was in order that he acts in the exercise of his official duties. On December 30, 2015, the accused also gave him N500,000 intentionally, by directly depositing the said sum into his account in order to refrain him from acting in the exercise of his official duties,” EFCC stated.
The accused was also alleged to have given N200,000 to Justice Yunusa through Awa Ajia Nigeria Ltd’s account domiciled in Access Bank Plc in order that he acts in the exercise of his official duties.
The accused pleaded not guilty and was granted bail on self recognition.


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