Court Dismisses All Charges against Supreme Court Justice, Ngwuta.


The Abuja Federal High Court on Friday dismissed all the 13 counts of money laundering and passport fraud against a serving Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta.

Justice Ngwuta was one of the judges, whose houses were raided by DSS operatives in October 2016.

The Federal Government had charged him with various corruption offences.

Justice John Tsoho, dismissed the charges based on an application by the defence.

He based his ruling on an earlier judgment of the Court of Appeal, saying that the pre-conditions for instituting charges against a judicial officer were not met before charging Justice Ngwuta.

The judgment of the of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal delivered on December 12, 2017, and which Justice Tsoho relied on on Friday, had dismissed the corruption charges instituted against a serving judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Hyeldzira Nganjiwa.

The appeal court had dismissed the charges instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against the Federal High Court judge. The court was of the view that a serving judge could not be investigated or prosecuted without being first disciplined by the National Judicial Council.

Justice Ngwuta, through his counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), had while arguing his client’s motion, submitted that by virtue of the said Court of Appeal’s judgment in Nganjiwa’s case and the provisions of section 158(1), Paragraph 21(8) of the Third Schedule to the Constitution, the charges instituted against his client were incompetent.

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