FG Amends Charges Against Justice Sylvester Ngwuta

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta

By Ige Olugbenga

The Federal Government, on Tuesday, has amended the corruption charges it levied against a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Three amendments have now been done to the charges originally filed in December 2016.

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.

The amended charges have only one additional count, which was earlier removed in the previous amendment done in March this year.

The additional count bordered on the allegation that Justice Ngwuta gave false information to the Nigerian Immigration Service concerning his diplomatic passport with the purpose of procuring another one.

Other charges, including money laundering allegations of retention and concealment of various sums of money in local and foreign currencies, allegedly recovered from him during the raid carried out by operatives of the Department of State Service on October 8, 2016, remain part of the amended charges.

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