President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday approved the immediate retirement of Justice Charles Archibong of the Federal High Court. The President’s decision was made known by the Minister for Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke who spoke to State House correspondents on Monday. The approval came on the heels of the February 20, 2013 recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) that three Justices, Charles Archibong, Thomas Naron and Abubakar Talba should proceed on compulsory retirement immediately.
The Attorney General of the Federation said “this is to inform you that President Goodluck Jonathan is in receipt of a recommendation from the National Judicial Council, recommending the compulsory retirement of Justice Charles Archibong, and Mr President has approved it that it should take immediate effect. It is Mr President’s be;lief that once we are able to cleanse the judiciary of corruption, then our fight against corruption in its entirety will take a firm root and will be on its way to success.”
Some of the allegations considered by the NJC before it recommended Archibong’s retirement included the dismissal of grievous charges against an accused without taking his plea;, refused to release the Certified True Copy of his Ruling to the lawyers as well as the issuance of a bench warrant on some officials of Peoples Democratic Party for contempt even when the counsel who was directed by the Court to serve them filed an affidavit that he had not been able to serve the contempt application. His conduct was believed to have shown glaring procedural irregularities which showed that Hon. Justice Archibong did not have a full grasp of the Law and procedure of the Court.