Pension Fraud Judgment: NBA Clears Justice Talba

28 Feb 2013

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Kalejaiye to face disciplinary committee

Tobi Soniyi

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has cleared Justice Abubakar Talba of an Abuja High Court of any wrong doing when he sentenced a Deputy Director in the Pension Office, Yakubu Yusuf, to two years imprisonment or to pay N250,000 fine for stealing billions of naira in pension funds.

The association’s President, Chief Okey Wali (SAN), said Yusuf was charged under a law that was a century old and which did not envisage the present realities.

He said: “The decision brings to the fore the compelling need to reform our criminal justice legislation and the speedy passage of criminal justice sector bills before the National Assembly.”

However, Justice Talba is still being investigated by the National Judicial Council (CJN).

While commending the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloma Mukthar, for recommending two high court judges for retirement, Wali said the NBA had received the NJC’s  recommendation that one of the lawyers involved in the cases for which one of the justices was retired be taken before the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee.

He said Chief Kalejaiye (SAN) would be referred to the association’s disciplinary committee for appropriate actions.

Wali said there would be no scared cows, and encouraged Nigerians to report professional misconduct to the association.

He said: “The National Executive Committee (NEC) endorses and commends the actions and steps taken by the CJN, Mukhtar, in respect of sanitising the judiciary and offers the unquantified support of the NBA to the Justice Mukhtar in her drive to restore the glory of the Nigerian judiciary.

He also said the association’s human rights committee would investigate the alleged killing of students of Nasarawa State University by soldiers.

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