The Federal Government has today arraigned an embattled Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on an eight-count charge over allegations bordering on false and non-declaration of assets as a public officer.
He was also accused of engaging in private business as a public officer.
He was alleged to be trading in rice, palm oil and other products while serving as a justice of the apex court.
The charge also accused the apex court Justice of failure to declare the following property: 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
He was also accused of false declaration of a Wrangler Jeep, Hummer Jeep, Liberty Jeep and a BMW 5 Series Saloon.
He pleaded ‘not guilty’ to all the counts. Thereafter his counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN) applied for bail on self-recognizance. Counsel to FG, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), 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.