EFCC opposes Tarfa’s further affidavit

Rickey Tarfa

Rickey Tarfa

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday urged the court to reject further and better affidavit sought to be adduced by the embattled Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Rickey Tarfa.

EFCC said such amounts to arrest of judgment and re-opening of hearing in Tarfa’s N2.5 billion fundamental rights suit filed at the Federal High Court, Lagos against the anti-graft agency.

Justice Mohammed Idris had adjourned until yesterday for judgment, but Tarfa said the new evidence he sought to adduce was not available at the time his case was argued.

The Senior Advocate sued EFCC for allegedly violating his rights after he was arrested for allegedly hiding two suspects, Nazaire Sorou Gnanhoue and Modeste Finagnon, both Beninoise, in his Mercedes Benz Sports Utility (SUV) vehicle, thereby shielding them from arrest.

Apart from the EFCC, other respondents in the suit are its Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, Moses Awolusi, who arrested Tarfa, and Deputy Director Operations, EFCC, Lagos office, Iliyasu Kwarbai.

Tarfa demanded N2.5 billion, sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents and their agents from further violating his rights, and asked for N20 million as cost of the suit, among others.

Tarfa’s lead counsel, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), who led five other SANs, including Oluyele Delano, Abiodun Owonikoko, Dr Muiz Banire, Sylva Ogwemoh and Uche Obi, as well as scores of other lawyers, urged the court to allow the use of the further and better affidavit.

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