So far the names of two lawyers and two judges have featured prominently among alleged corrupt members of the bar and bench. The lawyers are Rickey Tarfa SAN and Joseph Nwobike SAN; and the judges are Justice Muhammed Nasir Yunusa and Justice Nganjiwa Hyeladzira Ajiya.
We have reported extensively on Justice Yunusa, who Tarfa initially confessed to have given the sum of N225,000 when the judge lost his father and Nwobike confessed that he gave the judge N750,000 to help with his mother’s dialysis.
As for Justice Nganjiwa of the Port Harcourt division of the federal high court, an operative of the EFCC, Moses Awolusi, averred in an affidavit that, “Investigation has also shown that as part of this chain of fraud, Mr. Joseph Nwobike (SAN) also transferred the sum of N300,000 to Hon. Justice H.A Nganjiwa”, while Rickey Tarfa has been charged anew with a 26-count criminal charge, including an allegation that he gave millions of naira to Justice Nganjiwa.
Tarfa was also accused of giving the sum of N2 million to Justice Yunusa.
The anti-graft agency is also said to be investigating a client of Tarfa, Granhoue Sourou Nazaire, who sued Rachidatou Abdou over control and ownership of a company that both were directors at.
Abdou alleged that Tarfa was in contact with the Judge presiding over the case, Justice Yunusa, and was attempting to ‘pervert the course of justice’.