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Supreme Court Justice, Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta Dies in his sleep according to sources at the Apex Court – Justice Ngwuta died in his sleep at his official residence in Abuja early Sunday.
Justice Ngwuta was set for his retirement from the Supreme Court on 30th March, 2021 upon attainment of 70 years mandatory retirement age.
In 2016, he was charged with 16 counts of corruption and laundering 505 million naira (US$ 1.6 million) via a local company.
NewsWireNGR recalls a raid by Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) on the home of Sylvester Ngwuta on Oct. 8 in 2016, uncovered a bag containing 27 million naira in cash and four passports, which he is accused of using interchangeably. Ngwuta was released on a bail of 100 million naira on Monday.
The Nigerian Bar Association denounced the raids and accused the DSS of running a “Gestapo-style” operation, the BBC reported.
He was the chairman of judicial panel of inquiry into the Obegu Enyibichirikwo Disturbance1997-1998 and has been a member of several Election Petition Tribunal, Governship and legislative House Election Petition Tribunal; Alfa Kouara Region held at Lafia in February 1999, National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal Plateau Region held at Jos in April 1999, among others.