N225,000 Bribe: Rickey Tarfa makes U-turn, denies own affidavit

Rickey Tarfa
Rickey Tarfa

Ruling in the case of unlawful arrest brought by Rickey Tarfa, SAN, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and three others persons, which was billed for Monday, suffered a setback sequel to the applicant’s attempt to introduce new evidence.

Mr. Tarfa had approached the court asking it to award N2.5 billion as damages against the EFCC over his arrest and detention.

At the last court hearing, Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court, Lagos, adjourned to today (Monday, February 29, 2016) for judgment after listening to the submissions of counsel.

Mr. Tarfa had in an affidavit by one John Olusegun Odubela, who is the head of Chambers in the firm of Messrs Rickey Tarfa & Co, admitted that the applicant gave the sum of Two Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand Naira Only (N225,000) to Justice M.N Yunusa of the Federal High Court.

He has now approached the court for an order granting him leave to re-open and adduce further evidence that the said Justice M. N. Yunusa is Mr. Mohammed Awwal Yunusa, a former employee in Tarfa’s chambers, as the beneficiary of the N225, 000.

Tarfa, SAN, had stated in his earlier affidavit ’’That it was a common knowledge in legal circles that the Honourable Justice M.N Yunusa lost his father in-law Alhaji Audi Garba Damasa on 28th December 2013 in Maiduguri and travelled there to attend to the funeral rites.

‘’That the applicant and some friends of the Honourable Justice M.N Yunusa made some donations towards the said funeral rites and to commiserate with the Judge since they could not physically go and commiserate with him in Maiduguri where he was and stayed for a while.

‘’That the contributed monies amounted to Two Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand (N225,000) which sum was given to the applicant with the responsibility to get same across to the bereaved Judge.

‘’That the applicant consequently made arrangements to forward the sum of N225,000.

‘’That I know as a fact that it is common in Nigeria for friends and well-wishers to contribute gifts in cash and kind to people who are celebrating or bereaved”.

Mr. Tarfa has now made a u-turn.

In an amended affidavit, he said, “That the Applicant did not in paragraphs 35, 36, 37, 38, & 39 of the Applicant’s further affidavit deposed to on 19th February, 2016 stated that the sum of N225,000 was paid to Honourable Justice M. N. Yunusa of this Honourable Court.”…

“That the sum of N225,000 was paid to the Applicant’s former staff, M. A. Yunusa Esq and it is necessary to adduce further evidence by allowing the use of further and better affidavit of Mr. Mohammed Awwal Yunusa in support of the application for enforcement of fundamental rights who owns the account that was said to have been owned by Honourable Justice M. N. Yunusa”,

In his counter affidavit, the EFCC counsel, Wahab Shittu, said the grounds upon which the applicant was bringing the application is blatant falsehood and an afterthought.

He said the applicant’s earlier affidavit “cannot be twisted or misrepresented in any way whatsoever”.

Mr. Shittu said, ”That paragraph 10 of the affidavit in support stands logic on its heads and in response thereto paragraphs 37 and 38 of the further affidavit of the applicant showing clearly that the applicant averred that the sum of N225,000 (Two hundred and twenty five Naira) was paid directly to Honourable Justice M. N. Yunusa…

He also stated that paragraph 11 of the affidavit in support was filled with blatant falsehood by claiming “that the cheque in the sum of N225,000 annexed as exhibit E is the affidavit of one Mohammed Awwal Yunusa dated 23rd Day of February, 2016 is in the name of Mohammed Awwal and not Mohammed Awwal Yunusa”.

Mr. Shittu said the applicant’s new position that this was not what he said was a gross misrepresentation and an attempt to mislead the court.

The EFCC counsel also drew the court’s attention to the fact that Mr. Tarfa repeatedly wrote that he was 43 years in all the pages of his extra-judicial statement with the EFCC whereas the third edition of the A Compendium of Senior Advocates of Nigeria shows that he was born on February 23, 1962, making him 54 years.

After listening to the arguments of the two parties Justice Idris adjourned the matter to March for ruling on the new application.


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  • sapas

    it will catch up with you Criminal Tarfa no way to run ……..

  • Rommel

    The entire Nigerian judiciary should realize that it is they that are on trial and not this man with the face of a hardened criminal,the eyes of Nigeria is open them

    • Julius

      They are scare as well. If Tarfa should open up, we will have to build a new prison for them all.

  • ojays

    He has nailed himself. He will surely go to prison. Bad manners / crookery is inborn you may be a lawyer, judge, dr or street boy its in the blood.

  • DanielOsazuwa

    Somebody should please tell me I am not dreaming. Or am I having malaria induced day light nightmare? Let all these bastards pray for the success of Buhari else, Nigerians are coming for our corrupt and thieving elites.

    BE WARN!

  • peaceometer

    He Tarfa must have bribed his way before March sitting. ‘The way of SAN’

  • Prophet

    As if this mongrel is not facing enough charges, the ‘Barawo n’banza’ is adding more (Perjury).
    Can someone please tell us how he became a lawyer? Was it an honorary degree ?

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Chadinja! This Rickey Tarfa man is a bloody liar! Eh, eh, eh, eh! Bura uba!

    • ‘newsbreak’

      @tsunami1earthquake:disqus

      Another senior Nigerian lawyer, Joseph Nwobike (SAN), bribed Federal
      High Court judge Mohammed Yunusa

      with N1 million ($5,000), investigators
      at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have revealed.

      • Julius

        Yes, I read that. I dont know if I should be crying or laughing !

        • udemeobong

          Both: First laugh, for the funny nature of one man akin to receiving bribe. Secondly, cry for a nation that is deplete of good people.

          • Julius

            Yes sir. I always laugh after crying. Its therapy

  • LawWatch

    Editor Premium Times,

    Ricky Tarfa is a morally empty creature

    Ricky Tarfa makes a complete mess of himself. He does not convey himself
    as learned or honest. I do not want to comment on the law of inconsistent
    affidavits because i trust that the trial Judge, Mr Idris, will advert his mind
    to the law. I am instead concerned that the legal profession is being
    thoroughly disgraced in the public domain.

    Nigerians reading Ricky Tarfa’s somersault
    on point of whom the cheque was paid will more likely hiss at Ricky Tarfa
    as a morally dissolute man who can’t be trusted on a matter requiring truth.

    I do not totally trust the thinking ability of EFCC operatives and won’t be
    surprised if the EFCC does not have the statement of account of the allegedly
    bribed Judge Yunusa – which is the key fact relevant to prevail on this point.
    But even if the usually senseless EFCC fails this thinking test my hope is that
    the trial Judge will summon that decisive evidence on his own initiative.

    • ??????????

      WHAT IF THE MONEY WAS DELIVERED IN CASH TO JUSTICE YUNUSA IN CHAMBERS?

      • Julius

        He will claim that it was delivered to the wrong address. Lolz. You know how we Nigerians are ! Lmaooooooo .

        • udemeobong

          LOL

    • OGK

      Yes, your concern looks sound. However, you can trust these lawyer/crooks. They would not want to disgrace one of their own. This Tarfa of a man has made so much blood money that he would spare no expense to buy freedom. They know the Awokulehins of the bench who would dispense jugment but not justice.

  • owhonda

    O boy this Tarfa guy na seasoned criminal o. Realizing his costly mistake this man is denying his own affidavit. This is the first Tims I am knowing you can deny your own affidavit.

  • owhonda

    I wonder why this judge is even tolerating this matter. I wouldn’t brook this shit in my court.

    • Julius

      hahahahahaha, he has to. He is a Judge but, I got your point !

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    My advice to Rickey Tarfa: When you are in a hole, stop digging. Whoever is deposing to these affidavits is playing with perjury. Except, of course, he wants to plead that even MuhamMADu Buhari is guilty of the same offence.

    • Julius

      I knew you will being Buhari into this. Your life revolves around Buhari now. Good for you ! SMDH !

  • absam777

    If the Judge can stop this man and the like of Dauda, we will start seeing the light in the legal area in Nigeria.

  • Artful ºDodger

    The Nigeria judiciary is a mess. Why are there so many adjournments in matters which can be decided and done with in no time? When something is black or white that is its color. Tarfa is a rogue SAN, send his ass to jail. Is that too much to ask?

  • Action Group

    This is a shame to the legal profession and that’s why the public call lawyers liars. We are shocked for this turn around of Mr.Tarfa,it showed that he was truly culpable of the charges on him.

  • Paul Young

    They say when the gods want to kill you they first make you mad

    • Julius

      God bless Buhari. This will never happen under Jonathan. Never, ever. ever !!

  • Victor Aikhionbare

    The guy is a goner. Except the Judge play boju boju ala Ibori

  • Debekeme

    The entire Judiciary is on trail.

    Will the Judiciary redeem itself or further convince Nigerians that the Judiciary is key player in the destruction of Nigeria.

    Ali Baba & the 40 thieves; apparently one of the 40 thieves was a lawyer!

    • 9ja is finsihed under buhari

      How can a prosecutor bring 100-count charge against a person, against an accused person, in respect of the same transaction? You keep on repeating yourself; you keep on re-introducing the same ingredients in count one, through to count three, through to count 10, through to 20, through to count 60, in the same subject. You don’t need that because you will need to prove every ingredient of the offence, to prove every count. Even when you have to go to court, they should be as concise as possible. Why don’t you make it brief? Maximum, you can have seven-count charge. You can’t reasonably have a hundred-count charge on the same subject. You are talking of N2billion from somewhere to somewhere and it becomes a recurring decimal from one charge to another. To me, it is not tidy enough in the EFCC cases. And, again, you don’t expect judges to perform magic or to do your work for you. You don’t also expect the judge to say that, ‘By all means, I am going to convict a person’, because he is docked by the EFCC. It must be decided according to the law. A judge would decide according to law and not according to the noise in the market place, not justice according to your intention but justice to according to the law, the Constitution and based on the counts before the court and also the evidence adduced. Justice cannot be in isolation, it cannot be in a vacuum. There is the danger in this country today because when someone goes to the dock, the next thing is prison. What differentiates human beings from animals is the rule of law. Both parties and sides must be heard. God did not condemn, God did not convict, God did not sentence Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden without hearing them. The danger of Nigerians wanting any person just to be convicted is that if it is Mr A today, it could be Mr B tomorrow. So we have to be careful. Olanipekun–

      • Daniel

        Is the evidence not clear enough? Igbinedion destroyed Edo State for Oshiomole to repair. This is how that serious case of money laundry was dismissed. The same way Ibori was freed until he went to London for justice to be served.

        Nigeria may never progress, if we fail to agree on certain fundamental values that make great countries.

        • udemeobong

          You are right

  • S. A. Maigari

    If I were Rickey Tarfa I would have borrowed a leaf from Metuh, by treaking them into handing me a copy of the previous affidavit and chewing the God-damn thing on the spot despite their protestations. Otherwise, I can’t see how our dear SAN can escape from this serious predicament.

    • Julius

      lolz. He will simply be adding more charges on himself if he had done that. I got your poing tho . Methu is paying for doing that as we speak.

  • SAM .A

    Ricky Tarfa can make XYZ turn if he wants , the genie is already let out of the bottle , the horse has already bolted away from its style while he Tarfa is trying to lock the gate . The Image of Nigerian SAN , with all these other news of 5 SANs who did the Halliburton Negotiation and let crooked multinational corporations out of Hook while the $200million , have not arrived at the appropriate destination more than a decade ago make u all smell like dead body on the street.

  • Sir Demo

    Tarfa must be ordered rearrested and handcuffed by the AGF and docked for PERJURY immediately. No bail pls while the other case is going on. He is a MORTAL danger to Nigeria just like the Jacob Daudus, FFKs, Metuhs, Weremadus etc all lawyers

  • clairvoyance

    One of the product of Jonathan’s ineffectual buffooneric attitude exposed from the bar the same judiciary the original buffoon claims he worked hard to strengthen when he was asked to comment on the allegations of stolen $2.1billion met for arms purchase in one of his publicity stunt in France where he had gone to receive one of those fake awards.

    • 9ja deserves better dan Buhari

      How can a prosecutor bring 100-count charge against a person, against an accused person, in respect of the same transaction? You keep on repeating yourself; you keep on re-introducing the same ingredients in count one, through to count three, through to count 10, through to 20, through to count 60, in the same subject. You don’t need that because you will need to prove every ingredient of the offence, to prove every count. Even when you have to go to court, they should be as concise as possible. Why don’t you make it brief? Maximum, you can have seven-count charge. You can’t reasonably have a hundred-count charge on the same subject. You are talking of N2billion from somewhere to somewhere and it becomes a recurring decimal from one charge to another. To me, it is not tidy enough in the EFCC cases. And, again, you don’t expect judges to perform magic or to do your work for you. You don’t also expect the judge to say that, ‘By all means, I am going to convict a person’, because he is docked by the EFCC. It must be decided according to the law. A judge would decide according to law and not according to the noise in the market place, not justice according to your intention but justice to according to the law, the Constitution and based on the counts before the court and also the evidence adduced. Justice cannot be in isolation, it cannot be in a vacuum. There is the danger in this country today because when someone goes to the dock, the next thing is prison. What differentiates human beings from animals is the rule of law. Both parties and sides must be heard. God did not condemn, God did not convict, God did not sentence Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden without hearing them. The danger of Nigerians wanting any person just to be convicted is that if it is Mr A today, it could be Mr B tomorrow. So we have to be careful. Olanipekun

      • Richard Wall

        Who do you think you are deceiving Deri Orbuka aka Ima Niboro? You posted the same comment word for word using the name Deri Orbuka and you are posting it now using the name ” naija deserves better dan Buhari.” , after using the name ” Everything About PMB is fake “, to post the same comment, word for word .You need to get over the fact that your personal lord and saviour and benefactor, the ineffectual buffoon , badluck jonadaft is gone for good. Good riddance to bad rubbish. I know it must be painful to be sacked as the managing director of News Agency of Nigeria , but please dont insult our intelligence.I have reproduced your earlier post in its entirety to show you that you just copied and pasted. I am not surprised at you jonathanians since reno omokri was also caught using the name, Wendell Simlin. Enjoy;By the way, I have a screen shot of the post using Deri Orbuka, so you cannot deny it.

        Deri Orbuka
        How can a prosecutor bring 100-count charge against a person, against an accused person, in respect of the same transaction? You keep on repeating yourself; you keep on re-introducing the same ingredients in count one, through to count three, through to count 10, through to 20, through to count 60, in the same subject. You don’t need that because you will need to prove every ingredient of the offence, to prove every count. Even when you have to go to court, they should be as concise as possible. Why don’t you make it brief? Maximum, you can have seven-count charge. You can’t reasonably have a hundred-count charge on the same subject. You are talking of N2billion from somewhere to somewhere and it becomes a recurring decimal from one charge to another. To me, it is not tidy enough in the EFCC cases. And, again, you don’t expect judges to perform magic or to do your work for you. You don’t also expect the judge to say that, ‘By all means, I am going to convict a person’, because he is docked by the EFCC. It must be decided according to the law. A judge would decide according to law and not according to the noise in the market place, not justice according to your intention but justice to according to the law, the Constitution and based on the counts before the court and also the evidence adduced. Justice cannot be in isolation, it cannot be in a vacuum. There is the danger in this country today because when someone goes to the dock, the next thing is prison. What differentiates human beings from animals is the rule of law. Both parties and sides must be heard. God did not condemn, God did not convict, God did not sentence Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden without hearing them. The danger of Nigerians wanting any person just to be convicted is that if it is Mr A today, it could be Mr B tomorrow. So we have to be careful. Olanipekun

  • ayo

    Ricky Tarfa the lies started long before now….Doing wuru wuru to become a lawyer then wuru wuru to become a SAN (Senior Area Nonentity) This case is unfolding a shameless lying lawyer who will go to any length to turn logic and justice on its head….bunch of smelly animals……

  • OmoLasgidi

    T-Ricky Ricky…how many more T-ricks are up this crooked SAN’s sleeves?
    Why has Justice Yunusa not responded to the query by the NJC?

  • bib

    And some fools were saying we didn’t need PMB to come and clean the Aegean stable. He is still at the door and the dirt he has removed is already reaching the sky!

  • everything about GMB is fake

    How can a prosecutor bring 100-count charge against a person, against an accused person, in respect of the same transaction? You keep on repeating yourself; you keep on re-introducing the same ingredients in count one, through to count three, through to count 10, through to 20, through to count 60, in the same subject. You don’t need that because you will need to prove every ingredient of the offence, to prove every count. Even when you have to go to court, they should be as concise as possible. Why don’t you make it brief? Maximum, you can have seven-count charge. You can’t reasonably have a hundred-count charge on the same subject. You are talking of N2billion from somewhere to somewhere and it becomes a recurring decimal from one charge to another. To me, it is not tidy enough in the EFCC cases. And, again, you don’t expect judges to perform magic or to do your work for you. You don’t also expect the judge to say that, ‘By all means, I am going to convict a person’, because he is docked by the EFCC. It must be decided according to the law. A judge would decide according to law and not according to the noise in the market place, not justice according to your intention but justice to according to the law, the Constitution and based on the counts before the court and also the evidence adduced. Justice cannot be in isolation, it cannot be in a vacuum. There is the danger in this country today because when someone goes to the dock, the next thing is prison. What differentiates human beings from animals is the rule of law. Both parties and sides must be heard. God did not condemn, God did not convict, God did not sentence Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden without hearing them. The danger of Nigerians wanting any person just to be convicted is that if it is Mr A today, it could be Mr B tomorrow. So we have to be careful. Olanipekun————

    • ayo

      The rule of Law mantra in Nigeria is a ruse. Our judiciary is a very corrupt institution. If you commit one hundred burglaries you are charged on count of every single crime committed. The only thing a clever prosecutor will do is go for the charge that will earn you the maximum sentence.

    • Richard Wall

      Who do you think you are deceiving Deri Orbuka aka Ima Niboro? You posted the same comment word for word using the name Deri Orbuka and you are posting it now using the name ” Everything About GMB is fake.” You need to get over the fact that your personal lord and saviour and benefactor, the ineffectual buffoon , badluck jonadaft is gone for good. Good riddance to bad rubbish. I know it must be painful to be sacked as the managing director of News Agency of Nigeria , but please dont insult our intelligence.I have reproduced your earlier post in its entirety to show you that you just copied and pasted. I am not surprised at you jonathanians since reno omokri was also caught using the name, Wendell Simlin. Enjoy;

      Deri Orbuka
      How can a prosecutor bring 100-count charge against a person, against an accused person, in respect of the same transaction? You keep on repeating yourself; you keep on re-introducing the same ingredients in count one, through to count three, through to count 10, through to 20, through to count 60, in the same subject. You don’t need that because you will need to prove every ingredient of the offence, to prove every count. Even when you have to go to court, they should be as concise as possible. Why don’t you make it brief? Maximum, you can have seven-count charge. You can’t reasonably have a hundred-count charge on the same subject. You are talking of N2billion from somewhere to somewhere and it becomes a recurring decimal from one charge to another. To me, it is not tidy enough in the EFCC cases. And, again, you don’t expect judges to perform magic or to do your work for you. You don’t also expect the judge to say that, ‘By all means, I am going to convict a person’, because he is docked by the EFCC. It must be decided according to the law. A judge would decide according to law and not according to the noise in the market place, not justice according to your intention but justice to according to the law, the Constitution and based on the counts before the court and also the evidence adduced. Justice cannot be in isolation, it cannot be in a vacuum. There is the danger in this country today because when someone goes to the dock, the next thing is prison. What differentiates human beings from animals is the rule of law. Both parties and sides must be heard. God did not condemn, God did not convict, God did not sentence Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden without hearing them. The danger of Nigerians wanting any person just to be convicted is that if it is Mr A today, it could be Mr B tomorrow. So we have to be careful. Olanipekun

      • HERE IT IS AGAIN

        How can a prosecutor bring 100-count charge against a person, against an accused person, in respect of the same transaction? You keep on repeating yourself; you keep on re-introducing the same ingredients in count one, through to count three, through to count 10, through to 20, through to count 60, in the same subject. You don’t need that because you will need to prove every ingredient of the offence, to prove every count. Even when you have to go to court, they should be as concise as possible. Why don’t you make it brief? Maximum, you can have seven-count charge. You can’t reasonably have a hundred-count charge on the same subject. You are talking of N2billion from somewhere to somewhere and it becomes a recurring decimal from one charge to another. To me, it is not tidy enough in the EFCC cases. And, again, you don’t expect judges to perform magic or to do your work for you. You don’t also expect the judge to say that, ‘By all means, I am going to convict a person’, because he is docked by the EFCC. It must be decided according to the law. A judge would decide according to law and not according to the noise in the market place, not justice according to your intention but justice to according to the law, the Constitution and based on the counts before the court and also the evidence adduced. Justice cannot be in isolation, it cannot be in a vacuum. There is the danger in this country today because when someone goes to the dock, the next thing is prison. What differentiates human beings from animals is the rule of law. Both parties and sides must be heard. God did not condemn, God did not convict, God did not sentence Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden without hearing them. The danger of Nigerians wanting any person just to be convicted is that if it is Mr A today, it could be Mr B tomorrow. So we have to be careful. Olanipekun………………..BUHARI IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE

        • Richard Wall

          ima niboro aka “9ja deserves better dan Buhari” , aka” deri orbuka”, aka “Everything About PMBi is Fake”, aka “here it is again”, and all the other aliases you use on the Internet, you have been exposed for what you. I know that you are suffering from ” post-dismissal syndrome” after you were booted out from NAN . You can go back to your Bayelsa community newspaper, which you should never have left in the first place, if not that that imbecile , jonadaft plucked you out of your comfort zone, in that backwater of civilisation, to inflict you on the national consciousness.

          The only national disgrace we have in Nigeria is your personal lord and saviour and benefactor , the ineffectual buffoon, badluck jonadaft, who is an irredeemable criminal ,who dragged the institution of the Presidency into the mud.

          Thank God the great PMB has brought dignity to the Presidency. Now we know what it means to have a President who is respected by all and sundry, unlike that hardened ogogoro-drinking criminal called badluck jonadaft, aka fortunato.

          Desist from polluting cyberspace with your silly tantrums. Nobody takes you seriously apart from the evil biafrans and the thieving pdpigs.

          Get thee behind me satan.

  • Dazmillion

    This just shows the quality of SANs in Nigeria and why they resort to bribing judges to win their client cases. SAN is a worthless title as shown by lack of intelligence displayed by an “experienced” lawyer like Tarfa who stood logic on its head by denying his own affidavit with twisted lies. Even a recent graduate from law school knows better.

    The EFCC should not oppose his request to amend his affidavit so that he can perjury himself and earn himself a lengthy jail sentence.

    • Prophet

      Forget Recent Graduate from law school? A primary 5 student knows better!

    • Olusegun Olawonyi

      How can you use just this one case to judge other decent and diligent SANs and members of the legal profession in Nigeria? You ought to know better!

      • Dazmillion

        yet 90 of them were parading themselves at the beginning of his trial in a show of support not a dimwit like Tarfa

  • blow fissh

    Why is Rickety Rickity making and Rickity Rickety of himself?

    • whales1212

      Hahaha, that needs to be approved into Oxford dictionary. Lol

  • utolason

    Is this lawyer really a SAN? Is he telling Nigerians that he, a SAN, sworn an affidavit without checking the content of what he wrote and sworn to? Where were the other 90 SANs that accompanied him to the court?

    This man should be made an example of how not to abuse the court process and send to jail.

    • Son of Truth

      @utolason:disqus

      S.A.N IS NO BETTER THAN A BADGE OF INFAMY BOUGHT AND SOLD AFTER A TIP

      AND A HANDSHAKE AS A CRIMINAL MASK WITHOUT ANY CORRELATION WITH MERITS.

    • A good example of what we produce from our law school making them “learned” Please I envy not.

  • TrueNja

    The likes of pa Rotimi Williams and Gani Fawehinmi SANs are gone. Most of today’s SANs like Wole Olanipekun are fake and corrupt

  • favourtalk

    Another disgraceful man who uses PDP to elevate himself to this length. He should be well prosecuted

  • udemeobong

    The guy is swimming in his own mess!! he knew it. Six days are for the thief and one and only day is for the owner of the house. So game up mr. Tarfa. My secondary school principal used to say then: “Skipping is a game, but when caught is an offence” quote and unquote. So a word is enough for Nigeria!!!! The judiciary as Buhari rightly said, needs cleansing!!!

  • udemeobong

    his is just a tip of the iceberg!!!

  • IZON Redeemer

    How can a prosecutor bring 100-count charge against a person, against an accused person, in respect of the same transaction? You keep on repeating yourself; you keep on re-introducing the same ingredients in count one, through to count three, through to count 10, through to 20, through to count 60, in the same subject. You don’t need that because you will need to prove every ingredient of the offence, to prove every count. Even when you have to go to court, they should be as concise as possible. Why don’t you make it brief? Maximum, you can have seven-count charge. You can’t reasonably have a hundred-count charge on the same subject. You are talking of N2billion from somewhere to somewhere and it becomes a recurring decimal from one charge to another. To me, it is not tidy enough in the EFCC cases. And, again, you don’t expect judges to perform magic or to do your work for you. You don’t also expect the judge to say that, ‘By all means, I am going to convict a person’, because he is docked by the EFCC. It must be decided according to the law. A judge would decide according to law and not according to the noise in the market place, not justice according to your intention but justice to according to the law, the Constitution and based on the counts before the court and also the evidence adduced. Justice cannot be in isolation, it cannot be in a vacuum. There is the danger in this country today because when someone goes to the dock, the next thing is prison. What differentiates human beings from animals is the rule of law. Both parties and sides must be heard. God did not condemn, God did not convict, God did not sentence Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden without hearing them. The danger of Nigerians wanting any person just to be convicted is that if it is Mr A today, it could be Mr B tomorrow. So we have to be careful. Olanipekun