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False assets declaration: Court strikes out charges against Justice Ngwuta

The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday struck out the false assets declaration charges instituted against a serving Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta.

Striking out the charges, the CCT two-man panel led by Danladi Umar held that its “hands are tied” as it had no choice but to terminate the trial in deference to the precedent set by the Court of Appeal on an issue raised in Ngwuta’s case.

The CCT’s decision came less than two months after the Federal High Court in Abuja struck out money laundering and passport fraud charges against the Justice of the Supreme Court.

The two sets of charges were filed against Justice Ngwuta in the aftermath of the recovery of large sums of cash in local and foreign currencies, documents and posh cars, from his homes in October 2016.

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