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Nigerian Supreme Court justice faces false assets declaration charges

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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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A Nigerian Supreme Court justice, Sylvester Ngwuta, has been arraigned on an eight-count charge of false declaration of asset at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on Thursday.

Mr Ngwuta, who was accused of engaging in private business as a public officer, is also facing fraud charges at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

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The embattled justice allegedly failed to declare a parcel of land measuring 1,722.952 square meters at Umkpufu, off Onwe Road, Azuiyiokwu; Plot 36, Onwe Road Layout; and Plot 35 GRA Extension, all in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

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Mr Ngwuta is also allegedly trading in rice, palm oil and other products while serving as a justice of the apex court.

He was also accused of false declaration of a Wrangler Jeep, Hummer Jeep, Liberty Jeep and a BMW 5 Series saloon.

Mr Ngwuta pleaded not guilty to the charges.

His counsel, Kanu Agabi, therefore applied for Mr Ngwuta’s bail on self-recognizance.

The director of Public Prosecution, Mohammed Umar, did not object to the application.

Upon granting the application and agreement of all counsels, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar adjourned the matter to July 12 for the hearing.

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