By Onozure Dania
A Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere, held yesterday that it has the jurisdiction to entertain the charge brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC against a member of the inner bar, Mr Rickey Tarfa SAN. Tarfa had through his counsel, Mr Anthony Idigbe SAN,filed an application seeking to quash the charge against him.
In her ruling on Tarfa’s preliminary objection, Justice A.A. Akintoye, refused all the prayers he sought. She however reserved her decision till the end of trial on the prayer to declare that falsification of age was not an offence known to law.
He was arraigned on March 9, by the Anti-graft agency on a 27-counts charge bordering on refusal to declare assets, making false statement, offering gratification to public officer and failure to declare his assets in the Assets declaration Form.
Tarfa had pleaded not guilty and was granted bail on self recognizance.
At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, the Judge while delivering her ruling, said that the Anti- graft agency has the power to investigate and prosecute Tarfa.
“On the issue of the charge being an abuse of court process as argued by the defendant, I hold that the information contained in the charge before me is different from the one before my learned brother. In that charge what the defendant was charged with was obstructing EFCC officials from carrying out their lawful duties.