June 5, 2018
The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL has expressed reservations over last Monday’s stalled trial of Mr. Rickey Tarfa (SAN) who is standing trial in Lagos for allegedly offering bribes to some judges.
The trial was reportedly adjourned as a result of the absence of a defence witness who was supposed to be present for cross examination on the day of hearing.
CACOL’s Executive Chairman, Mr Debo Adeniran, while expressing the group’s views stated that:
“We hope the non-appearance of the witness has not been instigated by threats or the use of other tactics to truncate the course of justice or buy time to delay justice”.
According to CACOL: “ We are aware that Mr. Tarfa who was arraigned for bribing two judges of the Federal High Courthas pleaded not guilty to the 26- count charge leveled against him by the Economic Federal Crimes Commission (EFCC). “
CACOL recalls that Tarfa was arraigned for allegedly bribing Justices Hyeladzira Nganjiwa and Mohammed Yunusa with over N6m.
The CACOL boss further called on Nigerians to be vigilant so that the gains of the anti-corruption war are not lost.
According to him: “We must ensure that the on-going investigation and prosecution of corruption cases are not subverted, so that derailment of the anti-corruption war is averted”.
Adeniran in conclusion stated that: “We want to urge the witnesses for the senior lawyer’s trial to show up in court and give their testimonies as this will not only help in the diligent conclusion of the case, but also serve as a courageous example to others to testify against alleged corrupt individuals”.
Ag. Media Officer, CACOL
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