Rickey Tarfa How lawyer helped Igbinedion’s son escape justice in N25bn fraud case – EFCC

Micheal Igbinedion was convicted of money laundering to the tune of N25 billion in April 2015 but was punished with a fine of N1 million by the Federal High Court in Benin, Edo State.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has accused prominent lawyer, Rickey Tarfa of influencing a court judgment in favour of Micheal Igbinedion, the son of billionaire and Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion.

Micheal Igbinedion was convicted of money laundering to the tune of N25 billion in April 2015 but was punished with a fine of N1 million by the Federal High Court in Benin, Edo State.

The accusation against Tarfa was made by EFCC agent, Moses Awolusi before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

“That I know as a fact that on April 29, 2015, the applicant’s law firm represented Mr. Michael Igbinedion, the son of Chief Igbinedion, who was standing trial for money laundering of N25bn before the Benin Division of the Federal High Court and the applicant’s client’s son was subsequently convicted by the trial judge, Liman J,” Awolusi said.

“That I know as a fact that on April 30, 2015, the applicant attended the launching (presentation) of a book in honour of Justice Ibrahim Auta, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court at Abuja, in company with Chief Igbinedion, the chief launcher and that on that occasion, the applicant introduced Chief Igbinedion to judges and senior lawyers who attended the programme.

“That I know as a fact that the applicant’s client, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, made a donation of N8m on the occasion to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in spite of knowledge by Chief Gabriel Igbinedion that his son, Michael, who had been convicted, was awaiting the sentence of the Federal High Court in criminal proceedings pending against Gabriel Igbinedion’s son, Michael, before the Federal High Court.

“That I know that a few hours to the donation of the said sum of N8m to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court by the applicant’s client, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion’s convicted son was sentenced to a year imprisonment or N1m (fine) through a questionable plea bargain which was condemned by all right-thinking Nigerians," he added.

Tarfa has also been accused of bribing Justice Mohammed Yunusa, also of the Federal High Court, with N225,000.

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