Nigerian judge, senior lawyer in trouble for allegedly colluding  to pervert justice

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The National Judicial Council (NJC), has queried a judge of the Federal High Court, Lagos, Mohammed Yunusa, over allegations he colluded with a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ricky Tarfa, to ‘pervert the cause of justice’.

A November 19, 2015 letter by the chairman of the NJC and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, to Justice Yunusa was sequel to a complaint by a Beninese business woman, Rachidatou Abdou, against, Messrs. Yunusa and Tarfa accusing them of “bias and unprofessional conduct on the bar and bench”.

Mrs. Abdou had alleged that she went into a business venture with a fellow Beninese, Gnahoue Nazaire, sometime in 2005 by establishing an artificial hair making industry in Lagos, which they named “Rana Prestige Industries Limited”.

She said at inception, the company had the two business partners as sole directors and shareholders.

She also alleged that an instruction was given to a lawyer tasked with registering the firm (Ferdinand Egede) to ensure that fifty per cent share capital was allocated to each of the two directors. She however, said “my co-director colluded with the lawyer and changed it to 60-40 by forging my signature on the incorporation forms and papers”.

Mrs. Abdou also claimed that her business partner diverted the company funds in connivance with his younger brother, Senou Modeste, an employee of the firm. She said all the “anomalies” were perpetuated when she travelled to France for almost six years.

“Upon my return from France, when I noticed these anomalies, I instructed my lawyer to write a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, to investigate and prosecute (if need be) Mr. Gnahoue Sounou Nazaire over allegations of forgery, stealing and fraudulent conversion of company funds,”she said.

She also said no sooner had the EFCC commenced their investigation on the petition, than Mr. Nazaire’s lawyer, Ricky Tarfa filed an action for enforcement of fundamental human rights and pushing for an injunction to restrain the EFCC from investigating her petition.

She said three different suits were instituted by Mr. Tarfa on behalf Mr. Nazaire on May, 15, 2015 and that all the suits were assigned to Justice Yunusa for determination.

How Judge, Tarfa colluded to pervert justice

Mrs. Abdou also informed the NJC that she had evidence of how Justice Yunusa and Mr. Tarfa “had been in constant communication some days preceding the filing of the three suits discussing how justice in the suits will be circumvented by the duo”.

She claimed that on June 29, 2015, Mr. Tarfa made an oral application for injunction to restrain the EFCC from inviting the applicants in continuation of investigation of her petition.

She said the application was “gladly” granted by the court despite being vehemently opposed by her counsel.

“The granting of this application was a result of the discussion between Mr. Ricky Tarfa and Hon. Justice Yunusa some days before the application was made,” she said.

The business woman also said the court in its sitting on July 16, 2015 took arguments on all the three suits and adjourned to August, 18, 20 and 24, 2015 for judgment respectively.

“On the 18th of August 2015, judgment was delivered in suit No. FHC/L/CS/714/2015 and Hon. Justice Yunusa did not disappoint his cohorts as he declared that I was the cause of the arrest of the applicant and that I should pay the sum of N6,000,000.00 ( Six Million Naira) as damages to the applicant who did not say that I wrote a petition against him in his original application. More so,  the EFCC in their counter affidavit maintained that I did not write a petition against the applicant,” she said.

She also told the NJC that Messrs. Yunusa and Tarfa were in regular telephone conversation shortly before the suits were instituted and while they were pending in court.

“Specifically, they spoke and exchanged SMS on several occasions. In fact, some of the calls were originated by the trial judge,” she said.

Mrs. Abdou also stated in her petition that before Justice Yunusa delivered his judgment, Mr. Nazaire was “boasting in Cotonou that he had bribed Justice Yunusa through his lawyer, Mr. Tarfa”.

She also said the telephone conversation (a copy of the call log of the alleged conversation was attached to her petition) between the judge and the senior lawyer had confirmed the allegation that the “judgments were indeed sold by justice Yunusa”.

Upon the receipt of the petition, Chief Justice Mahmud, in a letter with Ref. No. NJC/F.3/FHC.49/1/324, addressed to Justice Yunusa, asked the judge to respond to the allegations raised against him by Mrs. Abdou.

“I forward herewith a petition dated 11th November, 2015 against you by one Abdou Rachidatou. The Petition speaks for itself.

“I shall be glad to have your comments within 14 days from the date of your receipt of this letter,” the CJN said.

It is unclear whether Justice Yunusa has responded to the query issued him by Justice Mahmud. It is also not also clear whether relevant legal bodies had open any disciplinary procedure against Mr. Tarfa.

More troubles for Tarfa

Meanwhile, the EFCC arrested Mr. Tarfa on Friday and is set to arraign him on a two- count charge bordering on obstruction of justice and attempting to pervert the cause of justice.

He was arrested by operatives of the commission in Lagos, where he allegedly hid two suspects – Nazaire and Modeste; both Beninese – in his Mercedes Benz Sports Utility car, thereby shielding them from being arrested and willfully obstructing the cause of justice.

The suspects were alleged to have fraudulently converted some sophisticated manufacturing equipment belonging to Rana Prestige Nigeria Limited for their own use.

Besides, they were being investigated for alleged tax evasion running into millions of naira.

An operative of the Commission who was officially detailed to affect their arrest was reportedly prevented from carrying out his duty by Mr. Tarfa.

The senior lawyer would also be arraigned for illegally and unethically communicating with Justice Yunusa in a suit involving the EFCC and the two companies.

 

 

 

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  • Abdullah Musa

    And some say Buhari has no right to complain against corrupt lawyers and judiciary.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      That’s the will of the biafrauds,they thrive only on corruption

      • Abdullah Musa

        U right!

      • saheedl

        I can’t agree more

      • Sir Demo

        Is not better to give them dem fraud republic?

        • Tunji Olarewaju

          I just can’t wait, my brother

  • MI

    Gladdening stories of hope quite often emanating from Nigeria; impunity is now becoming less and less attractive, that’s the only way we may start the building of a hooeful society of ethics and values.

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    Wow, if you told me a few months ago that this sort of effective administrative actions could be common place in Nigeria, i would never believe you. And yet, here we are today watching justice happening in clear colors.

  • Sparzo

    Time to make an example of lawyers who do not know the law or think they are above it, and corrupt judges.
    Imagine a judge initiating phone calls to big man lawyer about a case he is expected to dispense justice?
    Apparently it is a common practice in the Nigerian judiciary.

    • Burning Spear

      There are now tonnes of social media agents of this Buhari government all over the web. And I’m very sure they are paid social media vultures who must do damage control according to their briefs from Liar Mohamed–Adesina ati Shehu Garba–Really very sad that Buhari has now turned governance to (money na hand back na ground) for the Apes in APC-via the web–what a shame!…

      • band olu

        Corruption fighting back…

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Problem with you is s simply being broke.

        Go see Metuh

        • Sir Demo

          Sir K see what Nigerua has become o. The cabal is more entrenched beyond anyone imagination. The civil service, the judiciary, the armed forces! These vultures are very very advanced in the form as well as substances.

          PMB and PYO team need to steel themselves with the extraordinary political capital in their hands and do the needful. IT MUST BE DECISIVE AND BRUTAL or corruption when making a comeback will be worse. If a Saraki, a SAN, Dasuki, Metuh, at least 4 former governors and top military officers cases will be speedily concluded and the sentence immediately executed, and let their expected appeals goes on when they are in jails, maybe the message would have been passed.

          And that Judge L Liman that fined aligned on a mere N3 million after the criminal pleaded guilty to a loot of N25 billion! Judge Ibrahim Auta too that a week later got N8 million bribe from the Igbinedon at a book launch.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Bruv, there’s still a lot of work to do indeed

  • Dazmillion

    SAN Tarfa is a standard example of the kind of SANs we have in this country. There is a difference between a smart lawyer seeking out loopholes in the law to the benefit of his client and seeking to bribe a judge to win a case. Nigerian SANs prefer the later.

    EFCC should prosecute him conclusively to serve as an example to other SANs.

    • Peter_Edo

      The former dey hard na

  • Du Covenant

    Why should the judge be given the courtesy of 14 days to explain his role?. He should face the music period!. We are in a terrible mess because of this very attitude, if we are serious about drawing a line and move on then there is no time waste, just swift justice should be metted and flush him out of the system!.

    • the buharimice are back

      Senator Aisha Al-Hassan of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been caught on camera boasting about her influence on the Nigerian Judiciary.

      Al-Hassan, who is Buhari’s Minister of Women Affairs is seen in the YouTube video speaking in Hausa. The video which was posted on Nigerian Bulletin, is transcribed in English.

      The woman minister who contested as the APC governorship candidate in Taraba State is seen assuring her supporters that she has the money and the “rulership” which means federal power to manipulate the judicial system and obtain a favourable judgement.

      She also confessed that judges of the Appeal Court called her and told her the judgements in advance of the public announcement in court–….Trent

  • saheedl

    Corrupt Judiciary. We shall get there. I pray he gets prison time without an option of fine.

    • Justice Now

      Why Justice Mohammed Yunusa must go!

      Justice Mohammed Yunusa is obviously tainted by coming under a cloud of collusive judgment. It is in the interest
      of fair play that he be asked to go home on suspension until a final determination of this case. A Judge has no
      liberty to sidle up to a lawyer appearing in a case before him, as if in criminal partnership. Such a Judge gets
      tainted by fraud suspicion of bribery or of corrupt influence. Still sitting in court under such a cloud is comedy.

      The justice system will look more credible when a suspension letter is issued to Justice Mohammed Yunusa.
      Nigerians are aware that little or no thinking goes on inside Nigerian courtrooms nowadays (as advocacy).
      What’s been passing for Nigerian court verdicts are negotiated bargains for cash, more often than not.
      If this bad perception is to be wiped out, the like of Justice Mohammed Yunusa must go home, forthwith.

      • Burning Spear

        There are now tonnes of social media agents of this Buhari government all over the web. And I’m very sure they are paid social media vultures who must do damage control according to their briefs from Liar Mohamed–Adesina ati Shehu Garba–Really very sad that Buhari has now turned governance to (money na hand back na ground) for the Apes in APC-via the web–what a shame!

        • Sir Demo

          Clap for yourself were alaso!

    • who is going to bell d cat

      Senator Aisha Al-Hassan of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been caught on camera boasting about her influence on the Nigerian Judiciary.

      Al-Hassan, who is Buhari’s Minister of Women Affairs is seen in the YouTube video speaking in Hausa. The video which was posted on Nigerian Bulletin, is transcribed in English.

      The woman minister who contested as the APC governorship candidate in Taraba State is seen assuring her supporters that she has the money and the “rulership” which means federal power to manipulate the judicial system and obtain a favourable judgement.

      She also confessed that judges of the Appeal Court called her and told her the judgements in advance of the public announcement in court–Trent

  • The SAN ex presidents of NBA were ready to vouch for. We shall one day weed this country of all who have corrupted our judicial system. God helping us.

  • This na bottom power case

    stop deleting comments pls

    • Burning Spear

      There are now tonnes of social media agents of this Buhari failing government, all over the web. And I’m very sure they are paid social media vultures who must do damage control according to their briefs from Liar Mohamed–Adesina ati Shehu Garba–Really very sad that Buhari has now turned governance to (money na hand back na ground) for the Apes in APC-via the web–what a shame!

  • Burning Spear

    Senator Aisha Al-Hassan of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been caught on camera boasting about her influence on the Nigerian Judiciary.

    Al-Hassan, who is Buhari’s Minister of Women Affairs is seen in the YouTube video speaking in Hausa. The video which was posted on Nigerian Bulletin, is transcribed in English.

    The woman minister who contested as the APC governorship candidate in Taraba State is seen assuring her supporters that she has the money and the “rulership” which means federal power to manipulate the judicial system and obtain a favourable judgement.

    She also confessed that judges of the Appeal Court called her and told her the judgements in advance of the public announcement in court–Trent

    • Rommel

      What is your opinion on EKITIGATE?

  • Isi Agwo

    Nigeria is a jungle. EFCC, the militia group for the Islamist party, APC, has taken over the jobs of all segments of the criminal justice system. And anyone who challenges the thugs’ legality and authority in every crime and/or alleged crime is arrested, detained and denied bail.

    • Sir Demo

      You are sick to the marrow! Do you even read the contents?

  • Sir Demo

    May God destroy all cabals holding Nigeria back including the useless NBA. Lawyers talking nonsense that you violate court sanctity by arresting a criminal in wig there. Infact, shot and killed these robbers in wig right in the court. God punish you all, looters. The judge must never ever be retired o. He must be jailed for a long time. The SAN, the best place for him is a maximum prison for at least 15 years!

  • Sir Demo

    Will PMB and PYO be looking while the lawyers and judges ruin this country? Why are not acting more decisively for God sake. There are NOT 3 govts but ONE with 3 arms, hence the President is the only legally recognized head of that one govt with all other arms under him.

    Pls DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE RITTEN BENCH AND BAR PLS. It was a lawyer in Osun then, now it is Tafa! Justice J Liman that fined Igbinedon N3 million for pleading guilty to N25 billion Edo money is still in service.

    It might be necessary to form NOW the Change Brigade with a sole aim of taken out the bad elements, the vultures in public offices.

    • GraduatesNG

      Change Brigade?

      EFCC already consumes 7billion. Police consumes hundreds of billions, DSS same. If those aren’t working which “Change Brigade” will work?

      Another waste of resources it will be.

  • T.T Ochei

    @Kulungile:disqus

    Premium Times is to tell us what we want to hear. We are the readers.
    Our views are supreme. We want Premium Times to tell us that there is
    no corruption anymore in Nigeria under SAI BABA BUHARI. That’s what we
    want to hear. Not bad news. Tell us that Sai Baba Buhari has killed all the
    Boko Haram fighters, and killed corruption in Nigeria. Premium Times instead
    takes us back.

    All these bad stories of S.A.N lawyer hiding criminal suspects
    inside the boot of his car are too disgraceful for publication. This conduct by
    RICKY TARFA (S.A.N) can drive away foreign investors. His behaviour makes it
    look as if there is no difference between a LAWYER and a bottle-breaking THUG
    in Nigeria. Premium Times is very guilty to tell it as it is, since Premium Times had
    the patriotic option to simply pretend not to be aware that Ricky Tarfa (S.A.N)
    also got into secret private negotiations for a court verdict to be, presumably,
    bought and paid for, with Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court.

    • REDEEM

      Shut up–my friend–but CERTAINLY not the conduct of Buhari abroad– while calling 9jas criminals-would ever drive would be investors away from Nigeria—Not Boko Haram—-How do u invest in a country filled with thieves—innocent until proven guilty–the era of people using Premium Times to settle matrimonial disputes will be over very soon –Nothing last forever—Efcc is backing a woman against the husband Instead of allowing them to settle their differences in court——The only reason why they are interested in the case is because the powers that be gave them the matching orders—–either from aso rock or Ogun state—————–where the spirit of womanizing is located-in Nigeria—The case is all about my husband told me in benin republic that he bribed a judge in Nigeria–period—Where is the evidence that he did what u alleged in your post—-? Monkey

  • band olu

    Corrupt Nigerians especially politicians know our judiciary is equally corrupt & that is why they always dare us to take them to court bcos they know they will b let off d hook by our corrupt judges..I wonder why PMB has not cleaned up our judiciary which he inherited from corrupt PDP,most of d judges were appointed by d previous corrupt regime who used them to get away with impunity & protection from prosecution & who will continue to use them for this purpose..It is sad that Nigerians are not exposing with evidence d corrupt practices of these judges & charge & bail SAN’s ,but a foreigner had to do it….

  • ojays

    Double trouble. Hopefully the judge will be arraigned to serve a lesson.

  • Burning Spear

    Senator Aisha Al-Hassan of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been caught on camera boasting about her influence on the Nigerian Judiciary.

    Al-Hassan, who is Buhari’s Minister of Women Affairs is seen in the YouTube video speaking in Hausa. The video which was posted on Nigerian Bulletin, is transcribed in English.

    The woman minister who contested as the APC governorship candidate in Taraba State is seen assuring her supporters that she has the money and the “rulership” which means federal power to manipulate the judicial system and obtain a favourable judgement.

    She also confessed that judges of the Appeal Court called her and told her the judgements in advance of the public announcement in court–Trent

    • Sean

      Always lies and fictions with you! Never objective, every opportunity to attack the ruling party

      • Burning Spear

        It only becomes fiction when it concerns—-the Apes in APC abi? Not when Amaechi is caught stealing for Buhari does it become news

        • New Nigerian

          LOL..You need to be more creative, it seems. Good Luck!

  • Burning Spear

    Why is Premium Times blocking my comments-who is sleeping with this woman in efcc-? How can a lawyer be locked up based on hearsay-that a judge in Nigeria took money from an accused person via tarfa’? The only evidence is that the woman said her enstranged husband told her so————madness of the highest order

    • Iskacountryman

      tarfa has never won a case based on his submissions in court…bu as a san…he should have been granted bail immediately on self cognisance…

  • peaceometer

    Lawyers and Judges are Nigeria problem. It’s certainly clear

  • favourtalk

    They should the consequences of thier action. Our judiciary must be cleaned. Justice must not be bought again and anyone of them found selling one should be jailed

  • joe

    Even foreigners know how corroded the brains and minds of nigerian judges and lawyers are. They audaciously come into this country and do all sorts knowing fully well , no matter what, nigerian judges can always be bought! Now shouldn’t past judges like Awokulehin ,Belgore etc be investigated?

  • Concerned Citizen

    Premium Times Editor,

    NIGERIA CANNOT CONTINUE to live in sins
    under the ruse of law. Nigeria has the most corrupt, bribes-infested courts in
    Africa. Almost 80% of High Court and Appellate Court Judges live above their public
    service salaries. Where do you think they get the extra income? They sell
    injunctions. They also sell final judgments to the highest bidders. In fact, a
    retired Supreme Court Justice is known to be working full time as a career
    criminal today. He is a middleman in full-time business of ferrying money from litigants
    to trial court Judges for a 10% commission both ways; from the litigants and
    from the receiving Judges. No sane person can say the result of bribe and
    collusion is justice.

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    • Burning Spear

      Was it the same courts and judges that you are referrrring to in your post—-with your regional thoughts that once freed Tinubu? Concerning the 17 bank accounts he operated abroad? Sadly we cannot all be filthy like your likes—give us some space to enjoy the cool fresh air–sha–with new ideas–u stink like the odor oozing out of the mouth of Tinubu————–sha –This no be insult na praise–

  • Maria Darego

    EFCC should draw boundaries and keep itself out of commercial disputes!! This matter was initially a commercial dispute with only a forgery allegation. EFCC should have just referred the forgery angle to the nearest police station and informed the petitioner to go court and settle their civil commercial dispute! EFCC does not have the resources, manpower and expertise to pursue its core mandate; yet it spends about 70% of its resources meddling in commercial disputes!!! Now if you buy a car and it does not start the following morning, you petition EFCC against the dealer!!!

    • Nkem

      What is “economic” and “financial” crime? Besides if the police were doing their job, do you think there would have been any thing like EFCC or ICPC?

    • utolason

      Must you comment if you don’t fully understand EFCC function? Forgery to convert any asserts to personal use isn’t commercial dispute but a financial fraud for which EFCC is set to up to deal with.

      • Burning spear

        That is left for the courts to decide–not Efcc

  • Nkem

    Ricky Tarfa! Is he not the same Atiku lawyer who was procuring injunction left right and centre for the former vice president?

    • IZON Redeemer

      Where in the constitution is it penned that Nigerians are not allowed to obtain an injunction against Buhari concerning the trial of your brother frm the IPoB–now in chains in the gulag of Buhari———-while his followers are being felled with the new buhari bullets in the south east-? Na question I ASK SHA WAHALA———————-No be court case

  • Artful ºDodger

    Send his miserable ass to jail. Ricky Tarfa is a notorious name among those defending the PDP looters who have ran Nigeria to the ground. He and the trial judge should be jailed for life!

    • we are all Ibos again 4 buhari

      PDP petitions EFCC over Amaechi – On Tuesday, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Rivers State petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, asking it to probe alleged financial recklessness of ex-Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

      PDP petitions EFCC over Amaechi – Deputy Publicity Secretary in Rivers, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, told journalists in Port Harcourt that President Muhammad Buhari should ensure he fulfils his promise to maintain a zero tolerance for corruption.

      He said: “Since the President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, has told the world that he is a man with zero tolerance for corruption, we, the people of Rivers, are asking that there should be no sacred cow.

      “We are saying that corruption in Rivers State should be investigated and justice should be done.

      “As we speak to you, we cannot trace the proceeds that emanated from all the government’s transactions that that took place in Rivers State.”

  • Burning Spear

    Senator Aisha Al-Hassan of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been caught on camera boasting about her influence on the Nigerian Judiciary.

    Al-Hassan, who is Buhari’s Minister of Women Affairs is seen in the YouTube video speaking in Hausa. The video which was posted on Nigerian Bulletin, is transcribed in English.

    The woman minister who contested as the APC governorship candidate in Taraba State is seen assuring her supporters that she has the money and the “rulership” which means federal power to manipulate the judicial system and obtain a favourable judgement.

    She also confessed that judges of the Appeal Court called her and told her the judgements in advance of the public announcement in court–Trent

  • Burning Spear

    Efcc is now operating as a law unto itself- because of the powers bestowed unto it by Buhari—419 anti corruption crusade-That allows thieve move freely provided they are able to adorn the uniforn of the APES in APC –Now tagged the new ECOWAS court—for the settle of matriminal disputes in the ECOWAS region–Effcc can operate with impunity then hire crowds to post comments on the web in praise of Pope Buhari—-period—My former Husband told me that his lawyer bribed the judge-in Abuja-kalas—–Then the dogs in EFCC swing into action———-That is now the evidence with which the Buhari Gestapos ibn DSS and Efcc ati the hired APC goons on the web needed to pounce on Ricky Tarfa—Innocent until proven guilty—We cannot judge Ricky Tarfa—on the pages of Premium Times-It is time the Apes in PAC are told to end the use of the media to chase perceived enemies before they even appear in the smelly ecowas court–of our conscience—-in Aso Rock———-that is if we have any——————

    • REDEEM

      PDP petitions EFCC over Amaechi – On Tuesday, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Rivers State petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, asking it to probe alleged financial recklessness of ex-Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

      PDP petitions EFCC over Amaechi – Deputy Publicity Secretary in Rivers, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, told journalists in Port Harcourt that President Muhammad Buhari should ensure he fulfils his promise to maintain a zero tolerance for corruption.

      He said: “Since the President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, has told the world that he is a man with zero tolerance for corruption, we, the people of Rivers, are asking that there should be no sacred cow.

      “We are saying that corruption in Rivers State should be investigated and justice should be done.

      “As we speak to you, we cannot trace the proceeds that emanated from all the government’s transactions that that took place in Rivers State.”

  • Burning Spear

    Efcc is now operating as a law unto itself- because of the powers bestowed unto it by Buhari—419 anti corruption crusade-That allows thieve move freely provided they are able to adorn the uniforn of the APES in APC –Now tagged the new ECOWAS court—for the settle of matriminal disputes in the ECOWAS region-close to Republic of Benin-Effcc can operate with impunity then hire crowds to post comments on the web in praise of Pope Buhari—-period—My former Husband told me that his lawyer bribed the judge-in Abuja-kalas!—–Then the dogs in EFCC are made to swing into action———-That is now the evidence with which the Buhari Gestapos in DSS and Efcc ati the hired APC goons on the web, needed to pounce on Ricky Tarfa—Innocent until proven guilty—We cannot judge Ricky Tarfa—on the pages of Premium Times-It is time the Apes in APC are told to end the use of the media to chase perceived enemies before they even appear in the smelly ecowas court–of our conscience—-in EFCC———-that is if we have any——–in Nigeria———-

    • Spyman29

      You are deluded. Get a life

      • innocent until buhari says no

        Political Father Mbaka———–are u back from your transfer

  • Ebaah Odibo

    Risk-taking Tarfa has been Tarka’ed by Rachi-baby for felony. Seriously, it is time Nigerian SAN go to jail for their antics. Personally, they and the politicians belong in there, the jail. May the corrupt judges be the steward in there!

  • MushinSpeaks

    Holistic probe and restructuring should be done in the judiciary if we are serious to fight and confront corruption.

  • Joe

    This was exactly salami did to sweep PDP in the south west. Nigerian SANs and judges are nothing but bunch of irritants

  • David Adeniran

    Please JAIL Tarfa and the Judge with minimum of 20 years each.

    • Burning Spear

      Because the courts are owned by Buhari and the Apes in APC abi

  • Innocent until Buhari says No

    Efcc is now operating like a law unto itself—-Now tagged the new ECOWAS court—for the settle of matrimonal disputes in the ECOWAS region–period—My former Husband told me that his lawyer bribed the judge–kalas—————That is now the evidence with which the Buhari Gestapos efcc and the hired APC thugs on the web needed to swing into action—-Innocent until proven guilty—We cannot judge Ricky Tarfa—on the pages of Premium Times-It is time –Let the law take its course—innocednt until proven guilt–not on the pages of Premium Times but in a compentent c ourt of law-

  • Innocent until Buhari says No

    The fault in Efcc lies in Buhari who has no respect for the Rule of Law——as a born again democrat, he is a disgrace to the ideals that the JUDICIARY stands for in our NASCENT Democracy——-Laws are made to be obeyed because we are no angels—————But Buhari seems to be unware that it was the same Judiciary that he often insults when abroad-that granted victory to Tinubu during his trial concerning his operation of 17 bank accounts abroad. For the Judiciary Buhari would never have been president-even with the efforts of the American CIA. Sadly for us, it was the same Judiciary that led the way to impose APC on the people of Osun state———-Buhari has never had any regard for ther law-that is why he refused to appear before the late Justice Oputa Panel-Similary, Buhari executed the alleged drug offenders, while their case was being heard in the Court of Appeal—-And even went on to refuse to allow Late Pa Ajasin go home after the courts had freed him of all the charges Buhari manufactured against him. Buhari since he assumed the mantle of leadership over 8 months ago, have never obeyed any court order!——-His 17 century like dislike for the judiciary, can only be glimpsed from his failure to allow simple laws of the universe guide his acts in public life—As seen in his refusal to present his school cert to INEC–as demanded by law-and the Nigerian Defence Academy—where he was enlisted into the army with a promisory Note from his school principle as his school certificate–Now he turns EFCC into an ECOWAS court-for ther Apes in APC.

    • New Nigerian

      How many alias do you have? You do have a peculiar writing style difficult to hide, just so you know

  • Oluseyi Tomiwa Phillips

    I am happy that at least it is not everybody here that reason has deserted. Kuudos to 9aija Realist for his short but witty comment. I know most of them especially the author of the above post are too puerile to understand the significance of the presence of lawyers in society.I am still struggling to understand how a right-thinking person can be easily swayed by this above trash posted by the Nation News Editorial Board. The above post is nothing but a campaign of calumny against the person of Tarfa and the entire Nigerian Bar. If there is somewhere some sanity and cleansing should start it is the circle of the press.The press, especially Sahara Reporters and its cohorts, only ride on emotions to run down their targets at all costs. The fact that the country is fighting corruption should not be a licence for some overzealous security operatives in the country to abuse the rights of others. Most of those running their mouths on this platform are too ignorant to understand how the administration of justice works. Until one of them find themselves in the shoes of those being persecuted today in the name of fight against corruption, they cannot really understand the practical value of justice.It is unfortunate that this news platform allows itself to be used to attack men who earned the highest rank in their profession through hard work and discipline. The SANS that came to the rescue of their embattled colleague couldn’t have done so without a logical basis for it.All of you should not desist from this act of causing damage to the integrity of the legal profession if you like. One day you will all suffer for if because absence of lawyers is tantamount to anarchy. From experience, I have come to realize that the majority of those in the press would have studied law to become lawyers if they were priviledged.However, as frustrated and jealous elements, they capitalize on every available opportunity to attack lawyers in the media. This is not acceptable and it is uncalled for in an ideal society.Similar things happen in the medical line. Those who wanted to be medical doctors but ended up becoming paramedics are also envious and jealous of medical doctors. Ironically, most of these wazzocks running down the legal profession have been saved from oppressors by lawyers at one time or the other.People should bring some sanity into their thinking and learn not to allow sentiments to becloud their reasoning. I do not think it is too much to state that lawyers are not against the fight against corruption in the country but due process must be followed in the way things are done.There is no gainsaying that this Buhari-led administration is very close to being a despotic regime as it has now assumed the use of security forces to intimidate and harass anybody that ‘stands in its way’. It is a pity. I will not stop without leaving a warning. Those who are being used to propagate lies through the cheap means of the social media should caution themselves so that they will not derail our nascent democracy with their bad mouths.If you like, Sahara Reporters, you can put down my post! Truth is bitter.