The Federal Government has amended the charges it preferred against a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice SYLVESTER NGWUTA, raising fresh allegations of money laundering charges involving N505m against him.
The amended charges filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja, raised the number of counts from 10 to 14, alleging that the sum of N505m was part of the proceeds of NGWUTA’s “unlawful” activities.
The Justice of the Supreme Court was accused of transferring the total sum of N505m “denominated in naira and US dollars” to a building contractor between January and May 2016.
The Office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation which filed the amended charges on Wednesday, alleged that the offences contained in the first four counts of the amended charges were contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2012 (as amended).
The offences were said to be punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.
The prosecution alleged that the Justice of the Supreme Court transferred various sums of money to NWAMBA LINUS CHUKWUEBUKA, a building contractor between January and April 2016.
Justice SYLVESTER NGWUTA was among the judges, whose houses were raided by the operatives of the Department of State Services between October 7 and 8.
The DSS alleged that it discovered large sums of money in foreign and local currencies from the raid.