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Nigerian Lawyer Appears In Court With 90-Man Defence Team

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Justice Aishat Opesanwo has criticised a lawyer facing criminal charges after he turned up to in Lagos with a defence team of more than 90 people.

The judge described the approach as tantamount to “harassment and intimidation”, a statement by Nigeria’s anti- agency says.

Prominent lawyer is charged with the obstruction of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

He denies both sets of charges.

Mr Tarfa is accused of blocking the arrest of two suspects wanted in a case by keeping them in his car for nearly six hours on 5 February when they were due to be picked up by the authorities, according to a statement from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (), which brought the case.

In the second charge, he is accused of perverting the course of justice by communicating through his personal mobile phone with a judge overseeing a trial between the and two private companies which he was representing.

Mr Tarfa was granted bail at the hearing and the case has been adjourned until March.

 

 

 

 

BBC

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