‘Rickey Tarfa refused to declare age seven times’

‘Rickey Tarfa refused to declare age seven times’

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AN Igbosere High Court, Lagos, yesterday heard how Chief Rickey Tarfa, SAN allegedly refused to declare his age to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

A witness, Zakari Usman from the EFCC Special Task Force Unit testified that Tarfa refused to state his age seven times during his investigation for alleged obstruction of the agency’s operatives.

He testified during a viewing by the court of the video tendered by the commission in support of its case against the defendant.

Tarfa was arrested on February 9, 2016, for allegedly hiding two suspects – Nazaire Sorou Gnanhoue and Modeste Finagnon, both Beninoise – in his Mercedes Benz Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), thereby shielding them from being arrested and obstructing justice.

He was arraigned on March 10, 2016, and pleaded not guilty to a 27-count charge, which was subsequently amended to 26.

The agency alleged, among others, that the lawyer offered N5.3million gratification to Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court, Lagos to compromise the judge.

Usman, the fourth prosecution witness, was led in evidence by prosecution counsel Rotimi Oyedepo. Oluyele Delano and Abiodun Owonikoko, both SANs, represented the defendant.

The witness testified that the assets declaration form issued to Tarfa by the agency had a column requiring age declaration in seven places, but the senior advocate left all the spaces blank.

He said the defendant also failed to declare his assets contrary to Section 7(a) and (b) of the EFCC Act.