Justice NgwutaSupreme Court Judge, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, has been arraigned at Federal High Court, Abuja. He’s facing a 16-count charge of fraud and judicial misconduct before Justice John Tshoho.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the 16 count charge slammed on him and also applied for bail.

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The 16 count charge alleged that Ngwuta transferred the total sum of N505m to a building contractor, Nwamba Linus Chukwuebuka.

The prosecution said the accused transferred the money in naira and US dollars, between January and May 2016.

The prosecution insists that the N505m was proceeds of illegal activities.

One of the charges accused the supreme court judge of concealing the origin of money found at his home during DSS raid.

Passport offences

Apart from the money laundering charges, the prosecutor also accused Ngwuta of passport offences in counts eight to 14 of the amended charges.

He was accused of being in possession of two valid Diplomatic Passports and another two valid Standard Nigerian Passports when his house was raided by DSS operatives on October 8, 2016.