Court Orders Rickey Tarfa To Enter Defense In N520m Bribery Trial

Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere, presided over by Justice Adedayo Akintoye, dismissed the no-case submission initiated by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Rickey Tarfa on Friday.

The court equally declined to award the N520m damages prayed for by the SAN against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for “malicious prosecution”.

It would be recalled that the anti-graft agency had instituted a 26-counts charge that has to do with bribery and attempt to pervert the course of justice.

But after the EFCC closed its case against Tarfa, the SAN through his lawyer, Jelili Owonikoko, filed a no-case submission on the grounds that after reviewing the case of the prosecution, he came to the conclusion that he had no case to answer.

In her ruling, Justice Akintoye held that the prosecution had established the essential elements of the offenses which the defendant was charged with.

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