EFCC To Arraign 2 SANs For Alleged Bribery

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is to arraign two Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), Rickey Tarfa and Dr Joseph Nwobike, at the Lagos State High Court. In two separate charges filed by the anti graft agency, according to a statement by Wilson Uwujare, Head, Media and Publicity of the agency, the two senior lawyers are accused of offering gratification running into millions of naira to judges in alleged ploy to influence decisions in their favour.

The statement said Tarfa was facing a 27-count charge of alleged wilful obstruction of authorised officers of EFCC, refusing to declare asset, making false information to an officer of EFCC and offering gratification to a public official. Some of the counts read:
“That you Rickey Tarfa (SAN), on the 29th day of January, 2014 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this court, intentionally gave the sum of N1,500,000 to Justice Nganjiwa Hyeladzira Ajiya of the Federal High Court directly from your Zenith Bank Account No.1002926967, in order that the said judge acts in the exercise of his official duties.
“That you Rickey Tarfa on the 3rd day of October, 2014, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court, intentionally gave the sum of N 835,000 to Justice Nganjiwa Hyeladzira Ajiya of the Federal High Court directly from your Zenith Bank Account No.1002926967, in order that the said judge acts in the exercise of his official duties.
“That you Rickey Tarfa on or about the 15th day of December, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this court, intentionally gave the sum of N500,000 to Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the Federal High Court indirectly through Awa Ajia Nigeria Limited’s account No. 0000971931 domiciled in Access Bank Plc belonging to Justice Nganjiwa Hyeladzira Ajiya in order that Yunusa refrains from acting in the exercise of his official duties.”

For Nwobike, he is facing a five-count charge of allegedly attempting to pervert the course of justice and offering gratification to public official.
Two of the counts read: “That you, Dr Joseph Nwobike (SAN) on the 19th day of March, 2015, in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this court, intentionally gave the sum of N 750,000 to Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the Federal High Court directly through your United Bank for Africa Plc Account No.1002664061 in order that the said judge acts in the exercise of his official duties.
“That you Dr Joseph Nwobike on the 28th day of September, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this court, intentionally gave the sum of N300,000 to Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the Federal High Court indirectly through Awa Ajia Nigeria Limited’s account No. 0000971931 domiciled in Access Bank Plc belonging to Justice Nganjiwa Hyeladzira Ajiya of the Federal High Court in order that Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa acts in the exercise of his official duties.”

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