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NJC may sanction Justice Thalba over Pension judgment

It may be another major sancrion for a judicial officer in the country as the National Judicial Council has stated that there is a case against Justice Abubakar Thalba who delivered a judgment in a suit against , John Yakubu Yusufu, who looted pension funds.

The decision of the NJC came at the two-day emergency session of the body on thursday.

In line with this decision, a disciplinary committee was inaugurated to look at evidence brought before the court and the judgment reached.

It would be recalled that Justice Thalba had on January 28 convicted Yusufu who confessed before the court that he conspired with six other accused persons and stole about N23 billion from the Police Pension Fund.

It was learnt that after considering the data available, the NJC decided that Justice had explanations to make, despite his firm denials.

It was further gathered that owing to the exigency of time, the Council equally deferred decision on petitions against two other judges of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court till its next sitting.

According to the source, “part of the reason why the council could not decide the fate of the other judges was in view of the fact that they did not file their defence on time.”

He however maintained that the NJC muted the idea of directing all the three judges under probe to proceed on an indefinite suspension pending the determination of the allegations of judicial impropriety leveled against them.

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