Supreme Court judge, Justice Ngwuta resumes work

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Justice Sylvester Ngwuta has resumed his duties after three years of technical suspension from the bench of the Supreme Court.

Recall that the operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) in August 2016 raided the houses of judge Ngwuta and some other judges.

Ngwuta was later charged with money laundering before the Federal High Court in Abuja, and with assets declaration breaches before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

However, both cases were dismissed in 2018 following a Court of Appeal’s verdict which prohibited the trial of a serving judge without being first disciplined by the NJC.

The National Judicial Council had said the affected judges were not suspended as they continued to earn their pay for the period but were only barred from judicial functions.

Indication of his resumption emerged on Monday as he joined the members of the Supreme Court’s bench at the special court session marking the commencement of the new 2019/2020 legal year of the apex court.

Thirty-eight lawyers are to be sworn in as Senior Advocates of Nigeria during the ceremony.

He sat on the bench as the third most senior judge, behind the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, and Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour.

Next to Justice Nguwta in terms of seniority on the bench of 14 judges is Justice Mary Peter-Odili.

Ngwuta has not been part of any sitting or ceremony of the court from 2016 until Monday.

 




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