Abuja - Embattled Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Rickey Tarfa, on Wednesday has withdrawn the N5bn fundamental rights enforcement suit he filed against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and four others over an alleged violation of his right to privacy.
Following the withdrawal of the suit, Justice Mohammed Idris awarded a punitive cost of N50 000 against Tarfa in favour of the five respondents.
Tarfa who withdrew the suit against the anti-graft agency and four others did not however gave any explanation why the suit was withdrawn.
Also read: Ricky Tarfa claims N225 000 was a donation not bribe
A lawyer from his chambers, O. Oladele, appeared before Justice Idris on Wednesday with an ex parte application to discontinue the case.
Oladele gave no reason for Tarfa’s decision to withdraw the case.
Tarfa had filed the suit following his arrest on February 5 by EFCC operatives on the premises of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, where he allegedly hid two suspects of economic and financial crimes in his car to prevent their arrest.
He dismissed allegation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that he gave a bribe of N225 000 to Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court.
He claimed it was a donation from him and some of his friends towards the burial of the Justice’s father-in-law.
- News 24