NJC recommends sack of three controversial top Nigerian judges

Justice Abubakar Talba

Nigeria’s controversial pension plea bargain judge, Talba, Naron of Osun, and Archibong were disciplined on ethical grounds.

The National Judicial Council in a late night meeting on Wednesday recommended the immediate compulsory retirement of three controversial judges. They are Abubakar Talba, Thomas Naron, and Charles Archibong.

In a meeting presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mariam Mukhtar, at the Supreme Court complex in Abuja, the NJC called for the immediate compulsory retirement of the judges on ethical grounds. The recommendations will go to President Goodluck Jonathan who has the power of final approval.

Mr. 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.

Mr. 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.

The commission said Mr. Talba reneged on a verbal agreement it had with the accused and the judge that the convict be jailed without an option of fine.

Oyinlola’s judge

The second judge, Mr. 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.

Mr. 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 Mr. Naron and Mr. Oyinlola’s lawyer, Kunle Kaleijaye, were having secret discussions prior to the controversial ruling.

Mr. Oyinlola was to later be sacked by the Court of Appeal and replaced with the authentic winner of the election, Rauf Aregbesola.

The NJC also recommended Mr. Kalejaiye, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, to the Nigeria Bar Association for punishment for his role in the scandal.

The third judge disciplined by the NJC is Justice Archibong who presided over the case of alleged rogue banker, Erastus Akingbola.

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  • Mamman Bako

    Well done NJC!!! This action speak louder than words. I wish there were laws to try judges for betrayal of ethics. Lets hope GEJ will act in line too and approve the sacking of these bad people.

  • kolu

    We are gettting there…one step @ a time. This is most refreshing indeed! Thumbs up!

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    This is a Judiciary alive to its duty under the doctrine of ‘separation of power’. I am sure the executive will have no problem approving these sacks.

    • Emeka

      mptikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa, So you met with with President Jonathan this morning and he told you that? He said you should inform us we unfortunate Nigerians? That is kooooool mpiti! Good job mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa for being such an “efficient” liason officer at the President Jonathan’s presidency in Aso Rock? Please we want more scoops from you from the presidency. At least we want to know how our dear President is thinking from the mouth of the horse tender. Mpiti how much you charge for this one?

  • Thumbs up for this. Cleansing is desirable if the Judiciary is to be respected.

  • mademoiselle

    How just is the nigerian judiciary?when a man appointed since 2003 has bin made to back up practice ,and up to today has not been ssworn in due to party politics!what is the NJC doing about it!how won’t there be corruption when the best are left unjustly idle and the corrupt thrive•alll this has bin going on in the Rivers state judiciary•what is the use of institutions like this ,when their primary function of dispensation of justice ,is been influenced by external sources?this should be on heard of in a democratic state•A noble man left idle ,with a family to cater for?that is unfair,unjust and totally undemocratic •For how long shall the wheel of justice grind slowly?

  • daniel mathew

    Now we see the truth coming. The same Oyinlola that claimed that Justice Salami was corrupt has been found guilty of the same offence. Salami hasbeenjustified afterall.

  • OCCUPY_NASS

    Good news again after the AFCON victory of the Super Eagles.
    Thank you very much madam Chief Justice.

    GEJ over to you now to complete the work, don’t bring in party politics into this. Nigerians are watching.

  • Gbenga

    This is hoping that President Jonathan will consider an earlier recommendation of the reinstatement of Justice Salami of Court of Appeal. Partisan politics has been employed to bastardise the Nigerian Judiciary, quite unfortunate.

  • Dr. Bello

    What of Justice Marcel Awokulehine, the rogue judge that said Ibori has no case to answer.

  • Truth

    What about Justice Kafarati? Pls sack Abdul Kafarati asap