A justice of the supreme court, Justice Sylvester Nguwta was on accused on Monday, November 21 by the federal government to have allegedly interfere with evidence likely to implicate him while on bail.
Justice Sylvester was arrested by the Department of State Service in October over corruption allegations.
Following his arraignment, the supreme court justice who is currently standing trial for alleged money laundering, it was discovered that the Judge his N27 million cash and three other exotic cars in his house.
This was revealed by the counsel to the Federal Government, Mr Adeogun Phillips who is prosecuting Ndwuta on a 15-count charge of money laundering, forgery and breach of professional ethics leveled against him. The Supreme court judge told the court that he was not guilty of the 15 count charges, when they were read to him.
Phillips while turning down the application for bail by the defendant’s counsel, Kanu Agabi stated that the Judge is not someone who can be trusted. He then narrated how the supreme court judge gave an order to a witness to remove two or more bags containing N27 million from his bathroom in his resident at Abakaliki.
Counsel to the defendant, Kanu Agabi had asked the court to release his client on self – recognition, taking into consideration the fact that he is a supreme court judge and the fact that he has been on administrative bail since October 8, 2016.
Countering the application, the Federal government counsel, Mr Charles Philips, said that the defendant cannot be granted bail with respect to the post he is holding.
While referring to charges number 3 and charges number 10-16 against Justice Ngwuta, Mr Philips informed the tribunal that barely 20 minutes after he was released on administrative bail, Jusctice Ngwuta gave instructions to a witness in the case to remove two or three bags containing N27 million from his bathroom at his residence in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
Philips further revealed that the Judge also instructed the said witness to remove three exotic cars from his residence on the same day and they are no where to be found. This is what forms the subject of charge number 3.
Speaking further, he told the court that in the course of investigation, the Department of State Services also discovered that the defendant maintained multiple identities. According to him, the Judge has four international passport which he runs concurrently.
He argued that in any jurisdiction in the universe, if a person possesses several identities, he cannot be released on self- recognition.
He therefore asked the court not to grant his application but if it is willing to, it should grant bail in the most rigid terms.
Having heard from both parties, the trial judge, Justice John Tsoho stood down the matter for ruling at 2:30PM.
JUSTICE Sylvester Ngwuta was one of the seven judges arrested after a raid by DSS on the homes of Supreme and High court judges across the country on 0october 8, 2016.