Court affirms jurisdiction to try Rickey Tarfa

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Justice A. A. Akintoye of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere on yesterday, dismissed an application filed before the court by Rickey Tarfa, challenging the jurisdiction of the court and seeking an order to quash a 27-count charge against him.

Mr. Tarfa is facing charges bordering on alleged willful obstruction of authorized officers of EFCC, refusing to declare assets, making false information and offering gratification to a public official brought against him by the anti-graft agency.

The judge ruled that the court had jurisdiction to entertain the charges and turned down Mr. Tarfa’s prayers for the charges to be quashed.

“This Court has a jurisdiction to entertain the charges on this matter,” he said. “The prayer of the applicant asking for an order on jurisdiction to entertain charges on this matter is hereby dismissed.”

“The prayer of the applicant asking for an order to quash charges laid before the court is hereby dismissed.

“The prayer of the applicant asking the court to restrain EFCC operatives, staffs, agents, or any person whatsoever to investigate and prosecute the defendant is hereby refused.

“The applicant’s motion on notice on 10th March, 2016 is hereby dismissed accordingly,” he said.

One hundred and thirty six lawyers including 40 Senior Advocates of Nigeria appeared for Mr. Tarfa.

Justice Akintoye subsequently adjourned the matter till 20 and 27 May, 2016 for commencement of trial and further hearing.

Mr. Tarfa was arraigned on 9 March, 2016 by the EFCC on a 27-count charge bordering on alleged willful obstruction of authorized officers of EFCC, refusing to declare asset, making false information and offering gratification to a public official.

 

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