By Martins Odeh
The chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Danladi Umar, on Thursday approved the filing of cases against Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of Supreme Court and Justice Adeniyi Ademola of Federal High Court, Abuja.
The tribunal’s spokesman, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, said this in a statement that the chairman received the charges separately on Wednesday, from the office of Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
He said the charges which ranged from non-declaration of assets to false asset declaration preferred against the two Judges, were signed by Hajara Yusuf, the Principal State Counsel.
Mr Al-Hassan said Mr Ngwuta was charged with 10-count charge bordering on false asset declaration and Ademola, two-count charge on non-declaration of assets.
He said both offences were contrary to Section 15 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, Cap C15 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, adding that they were offences punishable under Section 23 (2) of the same Act.
“Details of the counts are contained in the charge sheets. This is to confirm the receipt and subsequent approval of the charges by the Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal.
“The tribunal would in due course communicate dates fixed for the arraignment of the Judges,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that both judges are standing trials at Federal and FCT High Court, respectively, on fraud allegations.