The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday re-arraigned a dismissed Federal High Court Judge, Justice Mohammed Yunusa before an Ikeja Special offences Court, Lagos, over allegations of receiving bribe while serving as a public officer.
The former judge was docked alongside a staff at the firm of Rickey Tarfa and Co. one Esther Agbor, who was accused of paying N1. 5 million into Yunusa’s account.Both defendants pleaded not guilty to an amended nine-count charge bothering on attempt to pervert course of justice, corruption by public official, use of office or position for gratification in the sum of N2,250,000 million.
The EFCC prosecutor, Wahab K.Shittu, told the court the 1st defendant, Justice Yunusa, used his position as a judge to collect money from counsels to rule in their favour.
Shittu said that Yunusa allegedly perverted the course of justice in certain cases with suit number: FHC/L/CS/714/2015,FHS/L/CS/715/2015, FHC/L/CS/716/2015 and LD/2516C/2016 which the commission found out during investigation.
The prosecutor further alleged that the 2nd defendant sent huge sums of money to Yunusa during which the law firm she was working for (Rickey Tarfa & Co.) had pending cases before the honourable justice.
“The second defendant sent the sum of N1,500,000 on the 14th of May 2015 and a transfer of N750,000 on 19th of March 2015,” Shittu said.
According to the charge sheet: “Yunusa between February and September, 2015, being a public official to wit: a judge of the Federal High Court attempted to pervert the course of justice by engaging in constant private and confidential telephone communications with Rickey Tarfa SAN, Counsel to the applicants in: Suit No. FHC/L/CS/714/2015 between Mr Adewale Adeniyi v EFCC & 2 others; Suit No. FHS/L/CS/715/2015 between Rena Prestige Industries Ltd & Anor. V. EFCC & 2 Others; Suit No.FHC/L/CS/716/2015 between Hair prestige manufacturing Nigeria ltd & 3 others v EFCC & 2 others during the period he presided over the said suits as judge of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi.