Nigeria's National Judicial Council 'Retires' Pension Thief Judge And Two Other Rogue Judges

Justice Abubakar Talba
Charles Archibong
Thomas Naron
By SaharaReporters, New York

The National Judicial Council  (NJC) has recommended the immediate retirement of three rogue judges during an emergency meeting of the body late last night.

"The highest judicial regulatory body in Nigeria has acceded  to the compulsory retirement of  justices Abubakar Talba, Thomas D Naron and Charles Archibong," said a Supreme Court source early today.

The first of the three judges, Justice Talba was recommended for retirement following  public outcry that greeted his ruling granting a police pension thief, Yakubu Yusufu, a $1,500 fine after he pleaded guilty to grand theft of $203 million.

A second high court judge, Justice Naron  was controversially involved in a series of scandalous election tribunal cases, especially in Osun state, where the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attorney, Kunle Kalejaiye (SAN) had extensive personal contact with the judge during the 2007 election tribunal case involving Olagunsoye Oyinlola of the PDP.

The NJC last night directed the Nigeria Bar Association to deal with Mr. Kalejaiye's case through its Legal Practitioners’ Disciplinary Committee.

Justice Archibong was sanctioned by the NJC for some scandalous judgements including the case involving Nigeria's renowned rogue banker, Erastus Akingbola.

The NJC was silent on the cases of two other rogue judges, Mr. Ibrahim Buba, the judge that granted a permanent injunction restraining the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from arresting, questioning or interrogating former governor Peter Odili of Rivers State as well as Mr. Justice Marcel Awokulehin, the judge who cleared former governor James Ibori of all fraud charges in 2009.

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THUMBS UP TO NJC

When justice becomes perverted by judges, then no one is sure where to run to for justice! I believe that any judgment must be FAIR but the case of Justice Talba's judgment in the case of the police pension fraud was highly mis-normal and total UNFAIR to the Nigerian state and millions of pensioners who had serve the mother land. The NJC should however be bold enough to do same to all judges who have given UNFAIR judgments against the Nigerian state.

kudos to MUktar's NJC

I congratulate the Chief Justice Alooma Muktar and the NJC for this house-cleaning exercise. Justice Onurhoro in the case of Isagba V. Ashiodu has described the COURT as the sanctuary and Temple of Justice. If the Temple de defiled where else is the hope of the coommon and the oppressed? Some judges want to remain devil's advocate inspite of their highly improved conditions of employment. Moreso, since 3 judges has lost their seat, what is the rotten EFCC's chief still doing there? Its trite Law that EFCC related issues is not based upon Penal Code but upon EFCC Act. And these judges did not order a proper procedure. Kudos to the Human Rights organizations. Nigeria is excellent, God is in the business of prunning and uprooting the evil ones.

Rogue Judges

"Rogue Pass Rogue Nigeria Limited"

The NJC has done well this

The NJC has done well this time around. I hope these judges are investigated, to ascertain how much bribe (if any) they collected and prosecute them.

Investigate, Try And Jail.

The Nigerian Judiciary should investigate, try and jail erring judges.

Retiring them will not just do.

Why some, leave some?

The NJC succeeded in doing nothing since they dealt with some and allow some to remain in the system. If they want to do something better, the remaining judges should be sanctioned alongside these ones to serve as deterrent.

Ignorant pple keep blaming

Ignorant pple keep blaming justice ibrahim buba in that case against odili whn indeed they shuld blame the efcc for killing the case,pple shuld learn to understand the circumstances surrounding a case before judgment is given

Some pple are very ignorant in there comment

Let me refer my comment to d above stupid ,idiot nd ignorant,if nt b/c you r hving myophic nd disturbed thought process,what is d r/ship of talbas wrng deeds nd islam?cnt u see isnt the xtian dt r majority amoung d sinners.pls alws thnk well b4 u comment.

Dismissal of Corrupt Judges not sufficient

Dismissal of this rogue Judges is not enough and would not deter others. They should be investigated by EFCC and ICPC . Anyone of them found corrupt should be prosecuted.

Ibrahim Auta is a rotten

Ibrahim Auta is a rotten head. Likes of justice bubba and justice Gladys Olotu and the rouge judge titanium abubaka who ran to the court of appeal after stealing loads of money have no place in the Nigerian judiciary. Ask me what is justice a bang , Rita ajumogobia and Okeke still doing there.
Kudos to the cjn aloma mukhtar. But for him these barao judges will not be removed. She has a lot of work to do. She must not relent

Why is Justice M. Awokunlehin missin on the list

Nigeria's National Judicial Council, do the right thing? If you talk about judicial corruption, Justice M. Awokunlehin is a SENIOR OFFICER/LEADER of the pack of Justice...

I hope Justice M. Awokunlehin did not grease the palms of NJC from the $10 Million bribe collected from Ibori and his cousin, uduaghan.

Nigeria National Judicial Council retires thief judge

Good start but seizing all the loot and bribe money they received from these crooks would have served the purpose. Secondly, the Odili judge and most corrupt justice Marcel of Ibori case deserve to be publicly shot as they do in China. This is the only way to stop corruption in Nigeria. Dismissal would have been better in which case they will lose all. But retirement means they will still collect pension.

Don't blame judge Taliban

Don't blame judge Taliban but blame the people who appointed him. Everybody knows that hausa and fulane's brains are not programmed to admnister justice to human beings.Mohammed programmed their brains into stone age era. They must steal, kill innocent people, terrorize, rape, and marry 6 year old girls. These are what they are thought in islamic school.

Rhyme

Oh, I like that; creek crook!

Rogue judges

A country that has been literally swimming in a sea of doom and gloom of late, this brief report by Sahara brings a ray of sunshine to all of us. But my question is, where has this NJC been hiding all these years? I hope this retiement is with immediate effect and comes with a stiff disciplinary proceedngs against these rogues for bring the noble profession to disrepute? It is shocking to read that the judge in the Ibori dabacle is still active and presiding over cases.
My heart bleeds!

One more step to go

They should not just be retired but, must be made to face the wrath of the Law. The next step should be there prosecution to serve as deterent to other judges.

GOOD MORNING,NIGERIA....HOPE IT'S NOT A ONE-OFF

The name OSITA IN FULL OSITADIMMA in Igbo means "may it be good from today",it also infers that if it is good from today,it is all right.
The reputation of the Nigerian judiciary has taken a battering from dubious verdicts emanating from rogue Judges who receive bribes to delay and deny the Nigerian people justice.This process must be retrospective in nature if the Judiciary wants to come clean,there are still a lot of rogue Judges on the loose.
Judges who render these outrageous verdicts in defiance of the constitution must also be made to face the law because this is an obstruction of justice,it is not enough to retire them with benefits,criminal prosecution is required here.

Good reporting, Sahara

Inasmuch as I agree with the recommendation for compulsory retirement of the three mentioned judges, the other judge involved in granting perpetual injunction in the Peter Odili's matter as well as that of James Ibori should face similar fate. Are they greater than the law? I see it as selective justice

This is non-sense. Why

This is non-sense. Why retirements, instead of sacking, so that they will lose all their coveted benefits/entitlements?

AWOKULEHIN STILL HAS MORE DIRTY ERRANDS TO RUN.

I guess the dog, Marcel Awokulehin still has some more dirty errands to run before his ultimate inglorious end comes. Watch it, he cannot go unpunished. He is just too clean a pig in the portal of justice. He must get kicked. He is being reserved for destruction.

Nigeria's NJC 'Retires' Pension Thief Judge

I feel for Justice Talba in respect of the vilification suffered in respect of the verdict and Nigerians have joined the chorus for his crucifiction. No one is ponting this blame in the direction it should go...the EFCC. Why was Yakubu charged under the Penal Code instead of Section 17 of the EFCC Act by the EFCC? How many witnesses has the EFCC presented in prosecution of the case (the last I checked was not a single one). A plea attracts a light sentence (in this case, the maximum handed down). Who is to blame? The Judge (who handed the maximum sentence allowed by law), the National Assembly (which has created a new law similar to the Penal Code with a harsher sentence) or the EFCC (who chose to charge the convict under the Penal Code instead of their own law)? My take, it is the EFCC that should face the music.

Sahara Reporters please leave

Sahara Reporters please leave Hon Justice Ibrahim Buba and Dr Peter Odili alone. Please again, go and read Dr Odili's book and inform yourself properly that the NJC, acting on a petition against Justice Buba after granting the injunction in favor of Dr Odili, investigated the Judge, read the judgment he delivered and cleared Justice Buba of any wrong doing. Besides, Dr Odili has extensively explained the circumstances of the injunction and even reproduced the judgment in his book. In a civilized society, is it wrong for a person who is aggrieved to approach the court for protection? The answer is NO. So why is Saharareporters always against Dr Peter Odili and Justice Ibrahim Buba. This is extremely unfair and SR should drop the hate cloak so that some of us who respect SH don't begin to see it as one of the street rags in town.

Sahara Reporters please leave

Sahara Reporters please leave Hon Justice Ibrahim Buba and Dr Peter Odili alone. Please again, go and read Dr Odili's book and inform yourself properly that the NJC, acting on a petition against Justice Buba after granting the injunction in favor of Dr Odili, investigated the Judge, read the judgment he delivered and cleared Justice Buba of any wrong doing. Besides, Dr Odili has extensively explained the circumstances of the injunction and even reproduced the judgment in his book. In a civilized society, is it wrong for a person who is aggrieved to approach the court for protection? The answer is NO. So why is Saharareporters always against Dr Peter Odili and Justice Ibrahim Buba. This is extremely unfair and SR should drop the hate cloak so that some of us who respect SH don't begin to see it as one of the street rags in town.

Nice, but not enough! The list is not exhaustive!

This is good, and in the right direction. It sends a positive and clear signal, and this, hopefully will be a deterrent to those corrupt and criminally minded Judges that scuttle the administration of Justice. At least Judges will now be careful about discharging their duties, knowing that they are under the radar of watchful eyes.

But why did the NJC volte face in the Justice Ayo Salami's case? What about the call-logs between him and the ACN stalwart? The Appeal Tribunal decisions in the Ekiti/Osun States were unsound in Law. Why did the NJC move to recall Justice Salami even though the issues of the call-logs are still being investigated by the Police?

Retiring the Justices is not

Retiring the Justices is not enough. They should be prosecuted and face jail terms if possible. Enough is enough, that would make others not to act in the same way they did.

BUBA & MARCEL MUST GO......

THE JUDICIARY HAS A WOMAN AT THE HELM OF AFFAIRS NOW.WE SHOULD EXPECT MORE TO COME BUT MY ADVISE IS THAT OF ONCE BEATEN,TWICE SHY....REMEMBER THE CASE OF DORA AKUNYILLI?SO THAT MARIAM SHOULD NOT BE THIER NEXT TARGET WITH THIS ERA OF BOMBS!
ACTUALLY BUBA & MARCEL HAVE NO BUSINESS SITTING A MINUTE LONGER ON THE BENCH!
SHE SHOULD SERIOUSLY LOOK INTO THOSE CRIMINALS IN WIGS.
I WILL SUGGEST THAT ALL BULLET PROOF CARS IN THE FLEET OF MADAM PAT EBELE WITH ALL HER SECURITY DETAILS BE WITHDRAWN AND RE-ASSIGNED TO MARIAM ALOOMA MUKTAR .

Good reporting, Sahara, you

Good reporting, Sahara, you are one of the very few credible reporters.... By the way I am quite glad you mentioned the rogue judge who granted perpetual injunction in Peter Odili's matter and the other fellow in Ibori's case. Well done

Kudo to the NJC for this

Kudo to the NJC for this inhouse weeding of the bad elements. As a strong deterent one has expected dismissal not retirement made to forfeit all that he has collected from the rogue

Nice, but not enough! The list is not exhaustive!

This is good, and in the right direction. It sends a positive and clear signal, and this hopefully will be a deterrent to those corrupt and criminally minded Judges that scuttle the administration of Justice. At least Judges will now be careful about discharging their duties, knowing that they are under the radar of watchful eyes.

But why did the NJC volte face in the Justice Ayo Salami's case? What about the call-logs between him and the ACN stalwart? The Appeal Tribunal decisions in the Ekiti/Osun States were unsound in Law. Why did the NJC move to recall Justice Salami even though the issues of the call-logs are still being investigated by the Police?

NJC Should Go The Full Distance

An incomplete job is still job not done! Why cut slack for the other thug Judges, are their sins less sinful? The Ogidigbodigbo is in the penitentiary in the UK for God's sake, what's the message here? Understandly, albeit criminally, Justice Ibrahim Buba is covered by Marye Odilly Insurnce Co. at the Big Court, but who's fronting for Justice Marcel Awokulehin ought to be cremated alive ...wetie! These two Justices are as guilty as sin and must be sanctioned for their activities before the NJC can receive kudos for waking up from their snoring sleep. Sha, good going. One stone at a time until we kill the rattle snake -Ibo Proverb. Next up: To Dump Dumbo is The Task that Must be Done in 2015. The man is an incompetent creek crook. The whole PDP are. All Hands on Deck! BTW @ NJC : Recognized for a right step!