Accused lawyer appears in court with 90-member defence team

Accused lawyer appears in court with 90-member defence team

- Prominent Nigerian lawyer accused of obstruction of justice and attempting to prevent justice.

lawyer Rickey Tarfa showed up in a Lagos court with a 90-member defence team.

- Mr Tarfa was granted bail at the hearing and the case has been adjourned until March.

Accused lawyer appears in court with 90-member defence team

Accused lawyer appears in court with 90-member defence team

Prominent Nigerian lawyer Rickey Tarfa showed up in a Lagos court with a 90-member defence team whiles facing criminal charges.

According to judge, Justice Aishat Opesanwo the approach by the accused was tantamount to "harassment and intimidation”.

He is also charged with the obstruction of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Mr Tarfa is accused of blocking the arrest of two suspects wanted in a corruption case by keeping them in his car for nearly six hours on 5 February when they were due to be picked up by the authorities, according to a statement from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which brought the case.

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In the second charge, he is accused of perverting the course of justice by communicating through his personal mobile phone with a judge overseeing a trial between the EFCC and two private companies which he was representing.

He has denied both sets of charges.

Mr Tarfa was granted bail at the hearing and the case has been adjourned until March.

 

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