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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Pension fraud trial Judge suspended for one year by NJC

The judge who presided over the pension scam trial and gave light sentence to one of the accused persons, has been suspended for one year without pay by the National Judicial Council (NJC). Justice Abubakar Talba of the FCT High Court imposed a mere N750,000 to convicted felon, John Yakubu Yusuf, who stole billions of pension fund.

A statement from the council’s spokesperson, Mr. Soji Oye, read
“The National Judicial Council under the chairmanship of the Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, at its meeting which was held on 24th and 25th April, 2013 suspended Honourable Justice Abubakar Mahmud Talba of the FCT High Court from office for a period of 12 months without pay.
Honourable Justice Talba was suspended from office sequel to the findings by council that he did not exercise his discretion judicially and judiciously with regard to the sentences he passed on one of the accused persons, Mr. John Yakubu Yusuf, in the Police Pension case of FRN Vs Esai Dangabar and 5 Ors.    

“It is recalled that the National Judicial Council at its emergency meeting which was held on 20th February, 2013 set up a fact-finding committee to investigate the allegations levelled against Honourable Justice Talba in the Police Pension case of FRN Vs Esai Dangabar and 5 Ors.

“The council however, observed that the charges that had been brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Mr. John Y. Yusuf in the first charge sheet containing counts 1 to 10 under Section 315 of the Penal Code that provides a maximum jail term of 14 years and fine, were dropped by the EFCC counsel and substituted with another charge sheet with only three counts under Section 309 of the Penal Code that moulds a lesser punishment of two years imprisonment with or without option of fine.

“The National Judicial Council, in the exercise of its disciplinary powers under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, also issues serious warning to Honourable Justice Talba to desist from unreasonable exercise of judicial discretion in all matters brought before him.

70 Comments:

  • At 27 April 2013 at 17:58 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    D judge is extremly corrupt .he's collectin lands nd cars as bribe 4 light sentence . As d fraudsters were in jail dey were stil doing money transactions . Iknow dis cos I'm an estate surveyor nd I was aproached 4 a property in maitama cos it wasn't up 2 3000 Sqr dey said d judge wud reject it nd I was shocked cos dey refused 2 tell mi who needed it til it slipped out . I kuku waka my own nd I heard dey were so desperate cus d jugde was on deir necks . Crazy naija pple . In d end d nxt judge wudnt do much .

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:04 , Anonymous click to Catch the gist said...

    Good one from the NLC

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:07 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Oh dats very good cos God must open their black asses up.evil pple.linda if u lyk no post my comment

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:08 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    After taking bribe, they come to court and deliver outrageous judgement. These so called judges who mortgage their conscience will DEFINITELY stand before God and give account.

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:08 , Anonymous Is Facebook Ruining Your Relationship? said...

    I guess that serves him right.

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:12 , Blogger BONARIO NNAGS said...

    one year suspension is too small na,considering the goofy penalty he gave that criminal.

    ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:12 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Serves him right, I hope this will pass a serious message to our judges and justices to always use their discretion judicially and judiciously linda if u like no post.

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:14 , Blogger Bootylycious diva said...

    which way nigeria ,i have a dream that one day nigerian will be one of ,i cant even finish it .

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:19 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This country of ours is just a sham, an absolute joke. So suspending him for a year without pay is enough for someone (a judge) who does not understand the severity of a crime and passes a judgement which is definitely laughable. What a travesty, we have no clues as to how a country is run. We shall be stagnant for a few more decades to say the least.

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:20 , Blogger Titilayo Amakulor said...

    He's generation will pay for letting a man that has caused and is still causing so much pain to our retired officers go Scot free. What manner of wickedness is this? Cos u want to be rich n covet all u can, u charge a man 750k, a man who's caused d untimely death of so many people. May God judge u. I cannot bless u,u are vile! as a child of God I Decree that because u have contended with innocent people, God will contend with u, a big hole shall be dug into ur pockets and u will never fathom what u spend ur money on. Amen. Linda pls post this. This wicked man deserve it cos I have seen first hand what some retired police families are going thru

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:21 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Justice Talba, was this public humiliation worth it? I'm sure you feel stupid right about now. Next time, use your head.

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:22 , Blogger Franedu said...

    The judge should have been dismissed, not suspension. He will still be enjoying his loot. God help us.

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:23 , Anonymous missy said...

    Correct!! 1 year is too small..

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:23 , Blogger Franedu said...

    This judge deserves to be dismissed, not suspension.

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:23 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Naim guuf for am, 1yr too small sef. His license or watever shud be withdrawn. Dese corrupt judges are d real criminals n nt d convicted ones. See him bearde like native doctor own. Mstchew.....

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:28 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Serves him right

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:35 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    With his share of the loot, he can go for ten years without pay and still be living large. NJC should get serious and try the judge for pervasion of justice

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:40 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Dat idiot shld have been sack not suspended

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:41 , Anonymous Mr Koboko said...

    He ought to have been beheaded.

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 18:53 , Blogger BIG FISH * said...

    Still not OK.... For me I will suspend him indefinitely and sieze his license... But half bread is beta dan no... 12mth is manageable
    "STILL WATCHING FROM MY OCEAN

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 19:01 , Blogger ibuzz said...

    Let see what will happen next

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 19:06 , Anonymous KOSI said...

    who are they fooling?

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 19:07 , Anonymous juganut said...

    Welldone! So wat happens 2 John Yakubu Yusuf?

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 19:12 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    *Linda. How can we be sure that he will be fair in his future judgements after he returns from the suspension? He has been tainted and decisions he makes in the future will be suspect. This guy should have been sacked and put in jail to send a message to the other currupt civil servants.
    This is not diff from Jonathan's pardon of Alams

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 19:20 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    What does that one mean self,no pay for only one year. He does not need that their rubbish salary self. If they stripped him of his title and that he is no longer a lawyer b4 any of them think of doing smthing funny he or she will tread carefully. Way if he was paid handsomely. Way is one or ten years pay to him but strip him of his honour gbam! OZ

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 19:40 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    You are a disgrace to the judicial system.

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 20:09 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    But the money paid the guy for that judgment can pay him for years...why suspend him for only a year? Njc just did what Talbe did!

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 20:18 , Anonymous gistyinka blog said...

    god bless Nigerien... this man is wicked ooo... billions of naira for just #750,000...More news, gist and celebrity lifestyle here at www.gistyinka.com

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 20:24 , Blogger The Nigerian said...

    good!!!! Useless man.

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 20:25 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Na now their day break

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 20:34 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Am so happy about that, so others will learn

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 20:41 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Our judicial system is startin to wrk...things like this give one hope that Nigeria will eventually get better..

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 20:49 , Blogger eddy michael said...

    Good radiance! Though still not good enough,he shd be lock up in prison.

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 20:49 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    evil we neva stop in dis country buh God we turn it around de way he turn captivate around he was like dem dat dream dat is wat we happen anytime from nah in dis country by exposing de corrupt motherfucker..steadyman say so...

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 21:08 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This I hope is d beginning. If EFCC is doing their job well, this is d time to drill him and if found guilty tried and possibly disbar him. At least this is d first time they are suspending someone at his level. OZ

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 21:29 , Blogger curvy ZO said...

    Corrupt judge, he has taken bribe thereby twistyn judgement, robber, olodo rabata. Nama lyk u. Ewu Rwanda

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 21:38 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Good radiance to bad judges. This would serve as a serious warning to Judges who engage in manipulating judgement to favour their highest "bidders".

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 21:51 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    JUNGLE COUNTRY,THE BRIBE THEY GAVE HIM WILL SUSTAIN HIM.......BIAFRA IS THE WAY

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 21:53 , Blogger Ben Emmy said...

    Nigeria is virtually dead..... Somebody stole billions and some shithead is telling him to pay 750,000 naira.....even those that suspended him are crazy...... Dem no see 10 year.......

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 21:57 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I WIL NEVER BELIEVED IN A RAPED ENTITY CALLED NIGERIA...AFTER ONE YEAR AND HE WILL START THE BRIBE AGAIN.

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 22:02 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    the purnishment too small'sef !

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 22:25 , Anonymous Tess said...

    Excellent, more of such good news please!

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 22:27 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I wonder why she wldnt want to post ur comment? Was d sarcasm really necessary?

    OnPoint

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 23:25 , Anonymous Olu-omo of d source said...

    Others'll only learn to collect enough bribe to pay their salaries for 5-10yrs.Dis dude needs never practice law ever again.Only d severest punishment is required 2 turn this country around

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 23:25 , Anonymous Olu-omo of d source said...

    *most severe

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 23:34 , Blogger odobo grace said...

    These people know what they are doing cos even the 1year suspension, h

     
  • At 27 April 2013 at 23:53 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Let's be satisfied with small victories.believe me its enough disgrace for him as a judge to be suspended by your peers!Come on people.
    He is humilated and can never live it down.
    Kudos to first female CJ.Aloma Mukthar.Women rock.

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 00:08 , Blogger Timothy Parker said...

    Amazing how coperate thieves are been treated

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 02:24 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Let him without sin cast tge first stone.

    Doggy

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 04:16 , Anonymous Element said...

    just like they say 'lawyers r liers' this judge just proved that saying! If not that the it was a public outcry the NJC itself woudnt have done anything, birds of same feathers!

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 04:16 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Its NJC dear..ur welcome

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 06:18 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    What a shame. He surely deservers stiffer sanctions. Bloody curruptible judge

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 07:52 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    NJC not NLC aluta pikin

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 07:56 , Blogger BIG FISH * said...

    Yes u mst b right...I heard something like dis that Talba was bribe wit a land somewhere in Asokoro...I pity him cos he has signed his death warrant.
    "STILL WATCHING FROM MY OCEAN

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 08:39 , Blogger nneka said...

    One year penalty isn't enough. He should be de-robed too so that others can learn. He isn't worthy to be associated with such a noble profession.

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 08:50 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Why did EFCC counsel reduce the charges though. At the end of the day, lawyers are liars

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 09:16 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    A good start, others will sit up and render good judgement

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 09:20 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    U are very correct. Even 2,999 sqr m was rejected. The judge shld av been tried and sentenced to 5yrs in prison without an option of fine. Big thief, how can he free a man dat ate pensioneer's money. Kai, I dey Vex o.

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 10:17 , Anonymous NK said...

    Which kind good one?d guy has collected bribe dat will last him a life time,not being paid for a year is no big deal 2 him,afterall hwmch dem dey pay judges,most of dem survive on bribes

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 12:33 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Good for him. But I feel one year its too small, cos the bribe he has taken culd last him more than one year.

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 12:50 , Blogger Nsikan Idung said...

    OLODO...its NJC#..

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 12:54 , Blogger Nsikan Idung said...

    OLODO...its NJC not NLC#

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 15:28 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    @Olu-omo wow u'r a sight for sore eyes.Been so long since i saw any comment from u on lib. Hope u'r well,take care xx. Sassy

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 17:07 , Anonymous fidelis Adedipe. said...

    before u illiterates express your opinions, please read the fact of the case. the efcc had dropped the heavy charges and substituted it with a lesser one which carries lesser degree of punishment therefore, on that basis the judge exercised his discretion in the right manner and it is very wrong and unreasonable for him to be suspended.

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 17:32 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is too small for his crime, but God's punishment is what he can't escape

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 18:10 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Just one year huh? You just gotta love this country..why hasn't this guy been disbarred yet??????? Naija I hail thee #FuckingShitHole

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 19:14 , Anonymous pat alex said...

    Very good!

     
  • At 28 April 2013 at 22:52 , Blogger Olusegun Ayodeji said...

    At least if na like dis naija go better

     
  • At 29 April 2013 at 14:57 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    only 1 year. dem for suspend am for life yeye dey smell

     
  • At 30 April 2013 at 21:01 , Anonymous chinyere said...

    wicked judge! May u rot in hell

     

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