Thursday 29th June, 2017
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FG drags Supreme Court judge before CCT

FG drags Supreme Court judge before CCT

The Federal Gov­ernment yester­day arraigned a suspended Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta before Justice Danladi Umar of the Code of Conduct Tri­bunal at Jabi in Abuja.
Justice Ngwuta who is currently standing trial before Justice John Tsoho of a Federal High Court in Abuja, was arraigned before the CCT on an eight-count charge bor­dering on false assets dec­laration.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge, and was subsequently admitted to bail on self-recognisance after his lawyer, Mr Kanu Agabi (SAN), made an oral request to Justice Umar for his client’s bail on the eight counts pre­ferred against him by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federa­tion.
The prosecuting coun­sel who is also the Direc­tor of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Mr Umar Mohammed, did not oppose the bail ap­plication.
Meanwhile, the tribu­nal slated July 12 for trial.
The prosecution al­leged that Justice Sylves­ter Ngwuta engaged in purchase and sale of rice, palm Oil and other relat­ed products while serv­ing as justice of the apex court.
In the eight-count criminal charge over al­leged false declaration of assets preferred against Ngwuta, the FG accused the defendant of engag­ing in private business as a public officer contrary to Section 6 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.

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