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Justice Ngwuta to face CCT trial

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Jaafar Jaafar
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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court is to be arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on April 20, an official said on Wednesday.

The spokesman to the tribunal, Ibraheem Alhassan, said in a statement in Abuja that Mr Ngwuta would appear before a two-man panel over alleged false asset declaration.

Mr Alhassan said summons had already been served the judicial officer.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Government preferred a 10-count charge against Mr Ngwuta before the tribunal.

The attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, said Mr Ngwuta contravened Section 15 of Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

According to Mr Malami, false declaration of assets is punishable under Section 23 (2) of the act.

NAN reports that Mr Ngwuta is one of the judges from whose residences, the State Security Service, SSS, claimed it uncovered huge sums of money in various denominations.

The SSS raided the judges’ residences in October, 2016.

Mr Ngwuta is currently standing trial before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on an amended 16-count charge bordering on money laundering.

The federal government said Mr Ngwuta contravened Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2012 (as amended).

It added that the offences are punishable under Section 15 (3) of the act.


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