Bribery: EFCC drills Judges, Yunusa, Nganjiwa

Bribery: EFCC drills Judges, Yunusa, Nganjiwa

Two Federal High Court judges, Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa (retired) and Hyeladzira Ajiya Nganjiwa were yesterday quizzed for several hours by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

As at the time of filing this report, (18:52pm) the two Judges were still answering questions at the EFCC office in Ikoyi Lagos.

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It was gathered that the two judges reported at the EFCC office at about 10 am on Monday morning following invitation letter extended to them by the Commission.

Their invitation is sequel to the bribery and money laundering allegations against the commission discovered during investigations in an ongoing case in which two senior lawyers have already been arraigned in court.

It would be recalled that the EFCC had on March 9, 2016 arraigned two senior lawyers before a Lagos High Court on allegations of bribery and offering gratification to a public official.

They are facing criminal prosecution for allegedly offering gratification to Federal High Court judges to refrain them from exercising the duties of their office.

Subsequent investigation revealed that the two Judges allegedly received sums of money from the two senior lawyers severally.

The judges were said to have been attended to by operatives of the commission.

In the charge filed against Tarfa, he was alleged to have given gratification to a public officer in order to pervert Justice.

The 27-count charge bordered on ‎failure to declare his assets, refused to declare his assets, made a false statement and offering of gratification to public official, alleged failure to declare his assets in the declaration of Assets Form administration on him by EFCC ‎when he was arrested, preferred against him by the EFCC.

The EFCC, Prosecutor Rotimi Oyedipo had alleged that Tarfa on June 27 2012, intentionally gave the sum of N1.5million to Justice Nganjiwa Hyeladzira Ajiya of a Federal High Court in Lagos, directly from his Zenith Bank Account No 1002926967, in order that the said judge acts in the exercise of his official duties.

He was further alleged to have intentionally given the same Judge ‎the sum of N500,000, on the same day, in order that the said judge refrains from acting in the exercise of his official duties.

EFCC stated that the defendant on August 6, 2013, intentionally gave the sum of N500,000 to Justice Nganjiwa Hyeladzira Ajiya of the Federal High Court directly from his Zenith Bank Account in order that the said judge acts in the exercise of his official duties.

On January 29, 2014, the defendant was also alleged to have intentionally given the same Judge the sum of N1.5million from his account, the EFCC also stated that on October 3, 2014 gave the judge the sum of N835,000.

On December 22 2014, Tarfa intentionally gave the Judge the sum of N500,000, in order that the said Judge refrains from acting in the exercise of his official duties.

The Anti-graft agency alleged that on October 27 2015, Tarfa intentionally gave the sum of N1.5million to Justice Nganjiwa Hyeladzira Ajiya of the Federal High Court by directly depositing the said sum into Awa Ajia Nigeria Ltd’s account No 0000971931 domiciled in Access Bank Plc belonging to the Judge in order that he acts in the exercise of his official duties.

On December 30, 2015 the defendant also gave the Judge the sum of N500,000 intentionally by directly depositing the said sum into the account of the Judge in order to refrain him from acting in the exercise of his official duties.

The defendant was also alleged to have given ‎the sum of N200,000 to Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the Federal High Court in Lagos, through Awa Ajia Nigeria Ltd’s account No 0000971931 domiciled in Access Bank Plc belonging to Justice Nganjiwa Hyeladzira Ajiya on November 30,2015, in order that justice Yunusa acts in the exercise of his official duties.

Both defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

Tarfa, SAN, denied having any under counter dealing with Justice Nganjiwa of a Federal High Court, Lagos as alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.


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