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N2.5bn suit: Court allows Tarfa’s new evidence against EFCC

Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday granted an application by Mr. Rickey Tarfa (SAN) to tender a better and further affidavit in support of a N2.5bn suit he filed against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The judge said the EFCC will suffer no injury if Tarfa’s further and better affidavit was allowed, stressing that it will better serve the interest of justice to allow the document.

In the said further and better affidavit, a former member of Tarfa’s law firm, Mohammed Awal Yunusa, claimed to be the owner of an Access Bank account, which the EFCC had alleged belongs to Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the Federal High Court.

The EFCC had accused Tarfa of bribing Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa with N225,000 claiming that the money was paid into the judge’s Access Bank account on January 7, 2014.

But Mohammed Awal Yunusa, said in the better and further affidavit that contrary to the claim by the EFCC, he was the owner of the quoted Access Bank account number, adding that he was the beneficiary of the N225,000 payment made by Tarfa’s law firm on January 7, 2014.

Allowing the further and better affidavit on Wednesday, Justice Idris ruled, “The evidence sought to be adduced by the applicant was one that was not available previously in the trial.

From the nature of the evidence, it is my respectful view that it is in the best interest of the parties and the court that it be allowed at this stage of the proceedings for whatever it is worth. I do not consider it repugnant to justice and one intended to overreach the case.”
Justice Idris said the EFCC was at liberty to file a reply to Tarfa’s better and further affidavit if it so wished.
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