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Court refuses Tarfa’s application for stay of proceeding


Rickey Tarfa

Rickey Tarfa

A Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere yesterday refused to entertain a stay of proceeding in the suit filed against embattled Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ricky Tarfa, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC had arraigned Tarfa on March 9, this year, before Justice A. A. Akintoye of Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, on a 27-count charge bordering on alleged willful obstruction of authorised officers of the EFCC, refusal to declare assets, making false information and offering gratification to a public official.

At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, Tarfa, through his lawyer, Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), argued that the defendant had filed an application for stay of proceeding pending the hearing of the appeal at the Court of Appeal.

He also argued that the Court of Appeal had seized of the charge before the court and that refusal of the application would cause greater hardship to the defendant.

Noting that granting application would protect the defendant, Owonikoko urged the court to grant it in the interest of justice, stressing that the Appeal against the ruling of the Court delivered on April 22, 2016, had entered the records of the Court of Appeal with Appeal No: CA/L/497/16.

In his response, counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo urged the court to dismiss the defendant’s application, saying he was ready to proceed on the matter and had two witnesses in court.

Justice Akintoye ruled that the court would not entertain an application for stay of proceeding on a criminal matter.

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