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Nigerian Judicial Council Axes 3 Controversial Judges


The Nigerian Judicial Council (NJC ) has recommended the immediate compulsory retirement of three Justices, namely Thomas Naron, Abubakar Talba and Charles Archibong.

The decision was reached at a meeting that dragged till late on Wednesday. The meeting which was held at the Supreme Court Complex, Abuja was presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mariam Alooma Mukhtar and it was recommended that the justices should retire on ethical grounds. The recommendation would be forwarded to President Goodluck Jonathan for approval.

It will be recalled that Justice Thomas Naron headed the Election Petitions Tribunal that ruled on the 2007 governorship election in Osun State. Naron was investigated by the NJC over allegations that he was compromised the the Peoples’ Democratic Party. Records of telephone calls allegedly made by counsel to the PDP’s candidate in the election, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Naron were tendered.

The ruling of the Tribunal became a subject of an appeal and victory was eventually awarded to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the current Governor of Osun  State.

Justice Talba on the other hand was the judge that recently sentenced Yakubu John Yusuf who pleaded guilty of embezzling billions of pension funds to 2 years imprisonment with an option of N 250,000 fine for each of the 3 counts against him.

Justice Archibong was the one who presided over the case of Mr Erastus Akingbola of the then Intercontinental Bank Plc.

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