National Judicial Council Recommends Sack of 3 Controversial JudgesPosted on Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 6:28 PM
By Adeola Adeyemo
They are Abubakar Talba of a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court , Thomas Naron of High Court of Justice, Plateau State and Charles Archibong of the Federal High Court Lagos.
Talba was the judge who sentenced a self confessed pension thief, Yakubu Yusufu, to two years in prison each on a three-count charge with an option of fine of N250, 000 on each charge.
Yusufu had pleaded guilty to stealing N2 billion of about N30 billion he was charged with by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. He promptly paid the fine and was set free though later arrested and tried on another charge by the commission.
Premium Times reports that the second judge, Naron, was investigated by the NJC for the scandalous ruling he led three other judges to give as the first election petition tribunal in Osun State after the controversial 2007 elections. Naron and the other judges are believed to have been compromised by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, government of the then governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola. Call records later showed that Naron and Oyinlola’s lawyer, Kunle Kaleijaye, were having secret discussions prior to the controversial ruling.
The third Judge, Justice Archibong was sanctioned by the NJC for some scandalous judgements including the case involving the alleged rogue banker, Erastus Akingbola.
The recommendation of their retirement was reached at a meeting presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mariam Mukhtar, at the Supreme Court complex in Abuja.