Justice Sylvester Ngwuta

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has discharged a Supreme Court Judge Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of charges of non-declaration of assets.

The federal government on March 21, 2017, charged Justice Ngwuta on eight counts.

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The prosecution accused him of contravening the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Tribunal Act by allegedly failing to declare some of his assets.

He was also accused by the prosecution of possessing 28 plots of land, which he allegedly refused to declare to the CCB between June 2, 2011 and July 19, 2016.

It was also alleged that Ngwuta, within the same period engaged in the purchase and sale of rice, palm oil and other related products, while being a justice of the Supreme Court.

The federal government also claimed the judge owns five cars, which he allegedly kept away from the CCB.

The tribunal had earlier in the year accused the federal government of delaying the trial of  Ngwuta.

It observed that the prosecution had not been diligent in the handling of the case.

According to the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, and member, William Atedze Agwadza, all the adjournments that the case had suffered since when it was initiated last year had been caused by the prosecution.