The EFCC, on Monday, October 23, 2017, closed its case against Ricky Tarfa, SAN, who is facing trial for allegedly offering gratification to some judges in order to pervert the course of justice.
The EFCC had re-arraigned Tarfa on an amended 26-count charge bordering on alleged willful obstruction of authorised officials of the EFCC, refusal to declare assets, making false information and offering gratification to a public official before Justice A.A. Akintoye of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere, Lagos.
Tarfa had earlier been arraigned on March 9, 2016 before the same judge by the EFCC.
Following his arraignment, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, presented a number of witnesses who testified against the defendant.
A prosecution witnesses, Usman Zakari, an investigator with the EFCC, had told the court how the defendant lied about his age and how he refused to fill the assets declaration form administered on him in line with the EFCC Act Section 7 (a) and (b).
In his submission during today’s proceedings, Oyedepo told the court that he was satisfied with the testimonies given by all the prosecution witnesses.
Consequently, counsel to Tarfa, Abiodun Owonikoko, SAN, prayed the court for a date to open his case.
Justice Akintoye, after listening to all the submissions, adjourned the matter till November 16, 2017 for continuation of hearing.