CCT discharges Supreme Court judge Sylvester Ngwuta over assets declaration

CCT discharges Supreme Court judge Sylvester Ngwuta over assets declaration

Nigeria’s anti-corruption body, the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), on Tuesday, May 15, discharged a Supreme Court judge, Sylvester Nguta, who was earlier accused and slammed with charges of non-declaration of his assets.

At the time of this report, details of the ruling of the CCT were still sketchy.

Justice Ngwuta had faced issues with the federal government for many months.

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On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, NAIJ.com reported that the federal government amended the corruption charges it preferred against Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The report stated that three amendments have now been done to the charges originally filed in December 2016.

According to the report, shortly after the lead prosecuting counsel, Olufemi Fatunde, announced the latest development to the court, the amended charges were read to the defendant, who pleaded not guilty to all the 13 counts.

Again, the judge was on Monday, November 21, arraigned by the government at a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Ngwuta appeared before Justice John Tshoho over 16 count charges ranging from money laundering to accepting of bribes brought against him by the federal government. He pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

NAIJ.com also reported that the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, March 23, discharged Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the 13-count charge preferred against him by the federal government in 2016.

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Delivering a ruling, Justice John Tsoho held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the case.

Tsoho also held that the condition precedent for charging a judicial officer to court was not complied with.

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