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NIGERIA SENIOR ADVOCATE, RICKY TARFA ARRAIGNED FOR OBSTRUCTING JUSTICES

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ricky Tarfa,has been arraigned before a Lagos High Court on a two- count charge of  obstructing the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice.     In a two count charge number LD/2417C/16 filed before Justice Aishat Opesanwo by Economic and Financial Crime Commission,it was alleged that Ricky Tarfa on February 5, 2016  hid two suspects, Nazaire Sorou Gnanhoue and Modeste Finagnon, both Beninoise in his Mercedes Benz Sports Utility car, thereby shielding them from being arrested by EFCC and willfully obstructing the course of justice.
      The suspects were alleged to have fraudulently converted some sophisticated manufacturing equipment belonging to Rana Prestige Nigeria Limited company for their own use.
    Besides, the accused Beninoise are being investigated for alleged tax evasion running into millions of Naira.
     Tarfa was alleged to have prevented two operatives Moses Awolusi and. Sanusi Mohammed  of the EFCC who were officially detailed to effect their arrest from carrying out his statutory duties.  
   Adeniyi Akinola SAN who led 14 other senior Advocates and about 150 other lawyers in his application for bail  urged the court to grant the defendant bail on self-recognition. 
     Akintola told the court that the defendant was granted administrative bail by the EFCC and has consistently reported to the office of EFCC every morning by 8:00am.  He added that being a senior Advocate of Nigeria,  the defendant will not jumped bail adding that he has over 16 lawyers in his law firm.   
   Opposing the application,  EFCC prosecutor ,  Rotimi Oyedepo urged the court to dismiss the application for bail and remand the defendant in prison custody.
He urged the court to dis-countenance the argument that the  defendant is senior Advocate of Nigeria adding that in consideration of crime of this nature the personality of the defendant is not relevant.
He also urged the court to disregard the submissions of the defence lawyer that Tarfa was granted bail on self recognition stressing that he was granted administrative bail following an undertaken by the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). 
    Justice Opesanwo in her ruling granted the defendant bail in self recognition,and ordered that the defendant should not travelling out the country without informing the court. 
Justice Opesanwo stated that the defendant presented overwhelming evidence before the court that has not been controverted by the prosecution. 
The case was  then adjourned till March 14 for hearing of the application filed by Tarfa asking the court to quash the charge and April 20 for trial. 

    The two-count charge reads "That you Rickey Tarfa on or about February 5 2016within the jurisdiction of the court wilfully abstracted Moses Awolusi and Sanusi Muhammed authorised officers of the EFCC from arresting 
Nazaire Sorou Gnanhoue and Modeste Finance who were reasonably suspected to have committed economic and financial Crimes by keeping the said suspects in your car between 11:00 hours to 16:30 hours". "That you Rickey Tarfa SAN between May 11 and June 252015 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of the court attempted to pervert the course of justice by communicating with Justice Mohammed Yinusa of the Federal High Court through your mobile telephone no-08034600000 while suit No-FHC/716 between Hair Prestige Manufacturing Nigeria and EFCC filed by you on behalf of the applicants seeking to restrain the Commission from performing it's statutory duties were pending before the said judge".

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