Embattled Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Rickey Tarfa, has told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos that the N225,000 the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alleged he paid into Justice Yunusa’s account was a lie, stressing that the said amount was paid into the account of one Mohammed Awwal Yunusa, a former staff of his chambers.
This is contained in an affidavit deposed to by the Head of his Chambers, Rickey Tarfa SAN and Co, Segun Odubela, saying Awwal was the owner of the Access bank account the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had earlier claimed belonged to Justice Yunusa, where the alleged bribe was paid into.
Tarfa had instituted a N2.5billion fundamental rights suit against the EFCC in which he is contesting his arrest and detention, as well as the seizure of his phone and car.
Odubela in the affidavit asserted that Yunusa noticed through the media that the account No. 0060351694 the EFCC referred to in the counter affidavit in response to the substantive suit was his account number.
Yunusa recalled that Tarfa’s Access bank counter cheque No. 00002065 dated January 7, 2014 for N225,000 was issued to him and he was paid as he collected the value in his Access bank account No 0060351694 held in his name, Mohammed Awwal Yunusa.