EFCC arraigns Tarfa, Nwobike for alleged bribery
Two Senior Advocates of Nigeria, (SANs) Rickey Tarfa and Joseph Nwobike were, Wednesday, arraigned in court by the EFCC, for alleged bribery.
Both men were docked on two different charges of offering gratification running into millions of Naira, to pervert justice before two separate Lagos High Courts in Igboesere.
While Tarfa was docked before Justice A. Akintoye, Nwobike was arraigned before Justice Raliat Adebiyi on a five count charge of alleged attempt to pervert the course of justice and offering gratification to public officer.
Nwobike was charged as follows: “That you Nwobike, SAN, on March 19, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this court, intentionally gave the sum of N 750,000 to . Justice Mohammed 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 Nwobike, SAN, on September 28, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this court, intentionally gave the sum of N 300,000 to Justice 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 Ajiya of the Federal High Court in order that Justice Yunusa acts in the exercise of his official duties.”
In Tarfa’s case, the EFCC Prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedipo alleged that the defendant on February 10, 2016, failed to declare his assets and also made a false statement on February 5, 2016 to one Usman Zakari, a senior detective superintendent and an officer of the EFCC in the course of the exercise of his duty, by claiming that he is 43 years old.
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EFCC also alleged that Tarfa on June 27 2012, intentionally gave the sum of N1.5 million to Justice Ajiya of a Federal High Court in Lagos, from his Zenith Bank Account No 1002926967, in order that the said judge acts in the exercise of his official duties.
He was further alleged to have intentionally given the same judge the sum of N500,000, on the same day, in order that the said judge refrains from acting in the exercise of his official duties..
Both defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
Tarfa, has meanwhile denied having any under the counter dealing with Justice Nganjiwa of a Federal High Court, Lagos as alleged by the EFCC.
Tarfa’s case was adjourned till March 22 and 23, while Nwobike’s case was adjourned to April 11, 21, 22, for trial.
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