Embattled Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Rickey Tarfa on Friday dismissed claims that the N225,000 he gave to Justice M. N. Yunusa of the Federal High Court was for bribe.
He said it was a donation from him and some of his friends towards the burial of the Justice’s father-in-law.
Tarfa’s denial was contained in an affidavit dated February 18 and filed on his behalf by one John Odubela, Head of Chambers of Messrs Rickey Tarfa and Co, before the Justice Mohammed Idris-led Federal High Court, Lagos dated February 18.
The Senior Advocate appeared yesterday before Justice Idris in continuation of his N2.5 billion fundamental rights suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for wrongful arrest and detention.
In the affidavit, the Senior Advocate explained that the money he gave Justice Yunusa was a donation from a committee of friends of the judge, including him, to support the judge in the burial of his late father-in-law in Maiduguri.
According to Odubela “The EFCC did not inform Tarfa upon his arrest and detention on February 5 of the allegation of bribing the judge.”
He added that the claim by the anti-graft agency that the judge acknowledged the receipt of the alleged bribe
by a “Thanks my senior advocate”, text message was false.
Counsel to EFCC, Wahab Shittu prayed the court to dismiss Tarfa’s claim for exemplary damages of N2.5b,
stressing that the commission never set out to arrest the applicant.
Wahab told the Justice Idris-led court that the applicant was arrested for obstructing justice.
“I urge the court to dismiss the entire suit with punitive costs,” Shittu added.
The EFCC had on February 5 arrested Tarfa within the premises of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere after
he was alleged to have prevented operatives of the commission from arresting two of his clients by hiding them in his car.