The Federal Government yesterday arraigned a suspended Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta before Justice Danladi Umar of the Code of Conduct Tribunal at Jabi in Abuja.
Justice Ngwuta who is currently standing trial before Justice John Tsoho of a Federal High Court in Abuja, was arraigned before the CCT on an eight-count charge bordering on false assets declaration.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge, and was subsequently admitted to bail on self-recognisance after his lawyer, Mr Kanu Agabi (SAN), made an oral request to Justice Umar for his client’s bail on the eight counts preferred against him by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
The prosecuting counsel who is also the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Mr Umar Mohammed, did not oppose the bail application.
Meanwhile, the tribunal slated July 12 for trial.
The prosecution alleged that Justice Sylvester Ngwuta engaged in purchase and sale of rice, palm Oil and other related products while serving as justice of the apex court.
In the eight-count criminal charge over alleged false declaration of assets preferred against Ngwuta, the FG accused the defendant of engaging in private business as a public officer contrary to Section 6 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.