Tarfa sues MTN, EFCC, others for N5 Billion
The embattled Rickey Tarfa SAN has filed a fresh fundamental rights enforcement suit against telecoms giant, MTN Nigeria for the alleged violation of his right to privacy.
Tarfa is seeking a court declaration that his right to privacy was violated when the call records/log on his phone with mobile number 08034600000 was allegedly accessed without his authority and made available to Sahara Reporters and other online news media without any reasonable cause or a lawful court order.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on February 5 arrested Tarfa a senior lawyer and confiscated his two mobile phones and his Mercedez Benz SUV with Registration No. KJA 700 CG, on the allegation that Tarfa hid two alleged suspects of economic and financial crimes in his car to prevent their arrest.
Joined as respondents in Tarfa’s second fundamental rights enforcement suit are the EFCC, its Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, Mrs. Rashidatou Abdou and Mr. Femi Falana (SAN).
He is urging the court to order the respondents to pay him N5 billion for the alleged violation of his fundamental rights.
Earlier on Friday February 19, 2016, Tarfa a Senior Advocate of Nigeria had been accused by the EFCC of bribing a judge. He denied the allegation, insisting that the N225,000 he paid to Justice Mohammed Yunusa was to cover part of the funeral of the judge’s father-in-law.
Rickey Tarfa stated, in an affidavit he filed before a Federal High Court in Lagos, that the money was a contribution by some friends of Justice Yunusa towards the funeral rites of his father-in-law, Audi Damasa.
Buhari to depart for Saudi Arabia on Monday
President Muhammad Buhari will depart Abuja tomorrow for The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A statement by the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, states that President Buhari, who will be accompanied by a high-powered Federal Government delegation, including the Minister of State (Petroleum) and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, will first fly to Riyadyh for talks on Tuesday with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and senior officials of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Ongoing efforts by Nigeria and other members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to achieve greater stability in the price of crude oil exports are expected to be high on the agenda of discussions between President Buhari and the Saudi Monarch.
President Buhari’s other engagements in Saudi Arabia include meetings with heads of international financial organisations and multilateral associations. Before going on to Doha, the President will also visit Medina and Mecca to pray for greater peace, prosperity and progress in Nigeria.
Tompolo urges Appeal Court in Lagos to void arrest warrant
Government Ekpemupolo a.k.a. Tompolo, has urged the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, sitting in Lagos to void the warrant for arrest issued against him on January 14 and February 8 by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
In a statement on Sunday, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa said his law firm and the law firm of Tayo Oyetibo SAN, Tompolo’s lawyer, had on Thursday filed an appeal against the arrest warrant issued on Tompolo by Justice Buba.
In their 10 grounds of appeal, Oyetibo and Adegbroruwa contended that Justice Buba erred in law when he “refused to set aside the warrant of arrest issued against him (Tompolo), when there was no evidence to show that he had been notified of the summons and the criminal charge pending against him, before the Court.”
The duo urged the appellate court to declare that the application leading to the issuance of the warrant for Tompolo’s arrest was not competently placed before the court, because the counsel that signed and filed it on behalf of the EFCC failed to affix his seal thereto, as required by law.