Nocturnal Meeting: Njc Recommends 3 Judges For Sack


In apparent move aimed at sanitising the Nigerian judiciary, the Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC) at a nocturnal meeting Wednesday recommended the compulsory retirement of three controversial  Judges.
The sacked Justices include: Nigeria’s controversial pension plea bargain judge, Justice, Abubakar Talba, Thomas Naron of Osun State Election Petition Tribunal, and Charles Archibong.
The decision by the was reached at 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 and retirement of the judges on ethical grounds.
The recommendations is for President Goodluck Jonathan who has the power of final approval.
Recall that 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.
While Justice Naroon was he who delivered judgement at the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal in favour of the then Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led-administration of Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola irrespective of barrage of evidence of electoral malpractices levelled against the governor, the PDP and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The controversial judgement gave victory to Oyinlola at the expense of justice for the Action Congress of Nigeria (CAN) candidate.
That judgement prompted the President of the Court of Appeal then, Justice Ayo Salami, to order a retrial of the case which eventually dispensed justice appropriately.

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