Court stops EFCC from further arresting Ricky Tarfa


A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has barred Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from further arrest, harass and intimidation of Mr Risky Tarfa (SAN) who was wisked away on the 5th of February 2016 within the premises of Lagos State High Court and was through the intervention of the Nigeria Barr (NBA) president Augustine Alegeh (SAN)

It could be recalled that EFCC arreseted Mr Tarfa due to the protection he offered to his clients who are still under EFCC investigation as a result of a petition forwarded by one of the directors of Rana Hair Prestige LTD. They were arrested in connection with the fraud where it was alleged that huge sum of money was siphoned from the treasury of the company.

Counsels to the applicants Chief Bolaji Ayoride (SAN), Babajide Koku (SAN), Dr. Joseph Nwobike (SAN), Abiodun Owownikoko (SAN), Adiniyi Adegbomire (SAN), Abimbola Akeredolu(MRS) and several other lawyers actually come by experte motion but due to the appearance of EFCC in court Mr Rotimi Oyedepo  who said he has been making effort to get the processes filed by the applicant since 9th of February when it came to the knowledge the EFCC that the applicant has filed suit against them but the respondent was immediately served with the process in open court.

The applicant however urged the court to make an order that in view of the service of the originating summon on the  respondents in this suit status Quo Ante Belum should be maintained and that the respondents should stay action from further violating the applicant’s fundamental  right.


In his response counsel to the respondents Mr Rotimi Oyedepo urge the court to refuse the applicants prayer so that the commission will not be stop from performing it’s statutory duty, speaking from the

Barr there is a pending charge against the applicant in Lagos State High court before Justice Opesanwo.

The respondent in the suit are Economic and Financial Crime Commision (EFCC), Ibrahim Mustafa Magu(EFCC Chairman), Moses Awolusi and Illiasu Kwarbai.

Justice Mohammed Idris in His ruling ordered that the respondents in this suit should not do anything that will undermined the right of the applicant pending the determination of the main application while the matter was adjourned to the 19th of February 2016 for the hearing of motion on notice.