The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday alleged that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Rickey Tarfa, bribed Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court with the sum of N225,000.
The anti-graft agency alleged that Tarfa, on January 7, transferred the money to Justice Yunusa, and that the judge allegedly acknowledged receipt with the words: “Thank you my senior advocate”.
This allegation is contained in a counter-affidavit filed on Thursday in opposition to Tarfa’s fundamental rights suit against EFCC and others.
The counter affidavit, along with exhibits, including telephone call logs, were filed by EFCC’s lawyer Mr Wahab Shittu.
Tarfa filed a N2.5billion suit against the EFCC on February 9 following his arrest by the commission.
EFCC arraigned Tarfa on Tuesday on a two-count charge bordering on obstruction of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice by communicating with a Federal High Court judge handling a suit filed by him against the commission.
The commission alleged that on February 5, Tarfa hid two suspects, Nazaire Sorou Gnanhoue and Modeste Finagnon, both Beninoise, in his Mercedes Benz Sport Utility Vehicle.
The Beninoise nationals were alleged to have fraudulently converted assets belonging to Rana Prestige Nigeria Limited to their use. They were also accused of tax evasion running into millions of naira.
Following his arrest, Tarfa sued EFCC, its Chairman Ibrahim Magu, the operative who arrested him, Moses Awolusi and Deputy Director (Operations), EFCC, Lagos office, Iliyasu Kwarbai, demanding N2.5billion.
Tarfa asked the court to compel the respondents to release his two mobile telephone handsets, which he said were “deceitfully collected” from him, as well as his vehicle.