FG Accuses Ngwuta Of Trading In Rice, Palm Oil

JENNIFER AKAMANU

 

Embattled Supreme Court justice, Sylvester Ngwuta has been accused by the Federal Government of failure to declare 28 plots of land to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) between June 2, 2011 and July 19, 2016.

The Federal Government also in a 10-count charge leveled against Ngwuta before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) accused him of involving himself in buying and selling rice, palm oil and other related products, while being a Justice of the Supreme Court.

Government, which initiated the case through the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), added that the accused also owns five cars which he allegedly kept away from the CCB.

It argued that Justice Ngwuta contravened Section 15 of Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and punishable under Section 23 (2) of the Act.

Ngwuta, who is also currently standing trial before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on an amended 16-count bordering on money laundering, was among judges the Department of State Services (DSS) raided their homes in October 2016.

The DSS had claimed it recovered huge sums of money in various denominations from his house.

According to the prosecution, the Supreme Court judge contravened Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2012 (as amended).

The alleged offences are punishable under Section 15 (3) of the Act.

Meanwhile the Federal Government has also filed a two-count charge at the CCT against Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court.

In the case of Justice Ademola, among other charges, government alleged that he traded in foreign exchange.

 

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