I have no Case to Answer, Rickey Tarfa tells Court
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria Rickey Tarfa, standing trial over alleged gratification, an attempt to pervert justice and age falsification Thursday told a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere that he has no case to answer.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on October 23 closed after calling six witnesses who testified against Rickey Tarfa, which began in March 2016.
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At the last adjourned date the counsel to the EFCC, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, had told the court that the prosecution had no more witnesses to call in the case.
Responding to Oyedepo, Tarfa’s counsel, Mr. Jelili Owonikoko (SAN), had sought an adjournment to enable the defence to analyse its case and decide on the step to take. Consequently, Justice Adedayo Akintoye adjourned until November 16 to hear from the defence.
At the resumed hearing of the case yesterday the counsel to Tarfa, Mr. Jelili Owonikoko SAN, told the court that he has filed a no case submission.
He said, “At the last adjourned date the prosecution closed their case, upon the view of the prosecution, our response in this case is a no case submission that will suffice this case.”
Owonikoko said on November 9, 2017, we filed an application that the defendant has no case to answer.
He urged the Judge to discharge the defendant on the view that there is no case to answer.
“I urge your lordship to discharge the defendant on the view that there is no case to answer”
The SAN, stated that the application is supported with an affidavit and a written address and we have served the prosecution.
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