I didn’t compromise Justice Nganjiwa, says Tarfa
Lagos lawyer, Rickey Tarfa (SAN), yesterday, denied any shady deal with Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court as alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A statement by Rickey Tarfa and Co and signed by the Head of Chambers, John Olusegun Odubela, in reaction to the new 27-count charge against Tarfa, noted that the firm had course to once more react to the ‘malicious trial by media of Rickey Tarfa (SAN) by the EFCC.’
“ Trial are never won on the pages of newspapers, the airwaves and on online platforms. The recent 27-count charge allegedly filed against Tarfa (SAN) by EFCC is not only laughable because as at the time of issuing this press statement, Rickey Tarfa (SAN) is yet to be served with the charge. The media is, however, awash with details of the said charge,” Odubela stated.
Explaining the relationship between Tarfa and Justice Nganjiwa, Odubela said: “Mr. Nganjiwa was absorbed into the firm in 1995 immediately after leaving the service of the National Drug Law Enforcement (NDLEA) where he rose to the position of Deputy Agency (Prosecution) and was with us until he was appointed to the Bench of the Federal High Court in 2012.
“During this period, Nganjiwa who specialised in criminal trials attracted many briefs/clients because of his expertise in that branch of the law. Upon his appointment as a judge, we continued with the cases he brought to the Chambers.”
In the light of the above, we have continued to discharge the firm’ s financial obligations to him in respect of cases he has handled for the firm as a practising legal practitioner in our law firm and those he brought to the Chambers.”
On the allegation of falsification of age, Odubela noted that celebrations of milestone of birthday of Tarfa had always been in the public domain.
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