Indicted Supreme Court Judge, Justice Ngwuta Granted N100m Bail
On Monday, Justice John Tsoho of an Abuja Federal High Court, granted indicted Supreme Court judge, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta bail in the sum of N100m.
Justice Ngwuta is one of the judges arrested by the Department of State Services, DSS, on October 8 over allegations of bribery and professional misconduct.
Justice Ngwuta was earlier arraigned before the Justice Tsoho-led court on 16-count charges bordering on money laundering and professional misconduct.
Counsel to the Federal Government, Charles Adeogun Philips, on Monday told an Abuja Federal High Court that N27m in cash was found at Justice Ngwuta’s residence.
Interestingly, the said monies were reported to have “completely disappeared” from the home of Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Ngwuta.
According to Philip, the large sum was allegedly found in Justice Ngwuta’s bathroom but the judge later ordered that the money be removed.
Philips made the claim while arguing against the bail application by Ngwuta’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi, SAN.
He alleged that the apex court judge gave the order for the money to be removed on October 9.
Supreme Court Judge, Justice Ngwuta Granted N100 Million Bail
Counsel to the Federal Government informed the court that Ngwuta attempted to conceal evidence.
Earlier, Justice Ngwuta had pleaded not guilty to the 16-count charges preferred against him by the Federal Government.
Justice John Tsoho after listening to the argument of both lawyers adjourned the matter for an hour to deliver a ruling.
Justice Tsoho has now granted Justice Ngwuta bail in the sum of N100 million.
Tsoho said the bail sum was based on self-recognisance of Ngwuta as a serving justice of the Supreme Court.
He gave the ruling after listening to the bail arguments by both lawyers of the accused and the Federal Government.
“I hold the offense is bailable. I hereby rule that the defendant be granted bail in the sum of N100m in self-recognisance.”