The Federal Government has arraigned a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice SYLVESTER NGWUTA, on charges of money laundering and breaches relating to obtaining of passports.
The justice of the apex court, who was charged following the raid on his house and some other judges by operatives of the Department of State Service, pleaded not guilty to all the 16 counts read to him today.
It was alleged in the 16 counts that NGWUTA transferred the total sum of N505m “denominated in naira and US dollars” to a building contractor, NWAMBA LINUS CHUKWUEBUKA, between January and May 2016.
The N505m was alleged to be part of proceeds of NGWUTA’S “unlawful” activities.
He was also accused of instructing a relative to remove some exotic cars from his house in Ebonyi while he was under investigation of the Economic and Financial crimes commission.
Asides money laundering charges, Justice NGWUTA is also being accused of passport offences in counts eight to 14 of the amended charges.
The matter is ongoing but the judge has stood-down proceedings to allow the suspect file an application for bail.