Breaking: Justice Sylvester Ngwuta Arraigned On 16-Count Charges

By Ikenga Chronicles November 21, 2016

Breaking: Justice Sylvester Ngwuta Arraigned On 16-Count Charges

The Federal Government on Monday morning arraigned a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, on charges of money laundering and others bordering on breaches relating to obtaining of passports.

The justice of the apex court, who was charged following the raid on his house and some other judges by operatives of the Department of State Service, pleaded not guilty to all the 16 counts read to him on Monday while in the dock.

It was alleged in the 16 counts that Ngwuta transferred the total sum of N505m “denominated in naira and US dollars” to a building contractor, Nwamba Linus Chukwuebuka, between January and May 2016.

He was also accused of instructing a relative to remove some exotic cars from his house in Ebonyi while he was under investigation in violation of the provisions of section 18(1)(b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act.

He was also accused of retaining huge sums of money in local and foreign currencies which were alleged to be proceeds of unlawful act contrary to the provisions of the Money Laundering Act.

The prosecution also accused Ngwuta of concealing the origin of sums of  money which were said to have been found at his home  during the raid on his house by the operatives of the DSS between October 7 and 8.

Apart from the money laundering charges, Ngwuta was accused of passport offences in counts eight to 14 of the amended charges.

More later…


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