A Supreme Court judge in Nigeria pleaded not guilty to charges of money laundering, corruption and possessing multiple passports, when he appeared in a High Court in the capital Abuja today.
Justice Sylvester Ngwuta was among seven judges whose homes were raided last month by security agents as part of an effort to tackle alleged corruption in the judiciary.
The raids were strongly condemned by the Nigeria Bar Association as a “Gestapo-style operation”.
The Department of State Security defended the raids, saying they netted “huge raw cash of various denominations, local and foreign currencies, with real estate worth several millions of naira and documents affirming unholy acts by these judges”.
All the judges have denied any wrongdoing.