April 26, 2013 – Nigerian Jugde Who Freed Pension Thief Suspended For One Year (Justice Abubakar Talba)
The suspension of Justice Abubakar Talba, the judge who freed John Yusufu, a popular pension thief who stole over N32.8 billion from Police Pension Fund has been approved.
His 12-month suspension was approved by today Marian Aloma Mukhtar , the present Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Mr. Yusufu, who pleaded guilty to three-counts of theft of the pension funds, was jailed two years on each count; but asked to pay a fine of N250, 000 on each. He paid the fine and was set free although the EFCC later re-arrested him for another charge.
The commission later said Mr. Talba violated an agreement all parties had that Mr. Yusufu was to be jailed without an option of fine. [Premium Times]