An Igbosere High Court in Lagos has ordered a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Rickey Tarfa, charged with perversion of justice to produce his other witnesses to continue with his defence, to avoid stalling the case, due to his ill health.
Justice Adedayo Akintoye gave the order on Tuesday following Tarfa’s application for a long adjournment to enable him recuperate.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Tarfa has not attended his trial since January 21, when he travelled abroad, following a medical emergency.
He is standing trial on a 26-count charge of offering gratification to two judges of the Federal High Court – Justices Hyeladzira Nganjiwa and Mohammed Yunusa – as well as alleged justice perversion.
At the resumed hearing, Counsel to Tarfa, Abiodun Owonikoko, informed the court that he had filed further affidavit seeking an adjournment till December to enable the defendant attend physiotherapy sessions recommended by his doctors.
“The affidavit is further based on the medical advice to enable the defendant recuperate from his surgery and attend physiotherapy sessions,” Owonikoko said.
He also told the court that apart from the defendant, “there are three other witnesses who would give evidence in the case”.
In his response, the Prosecutor, S. I. Suleman, said: “I confirm the receipt of further affidavit. We leave it to the discretion of the court.
“However, we want the court to take cognisance of several applications from the defendant”.