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Ngwuta’s trial: I fired prosecutor, he didn’t withdraw, says AGF

The Federal Government on Sunday debunked the claim by Mr. Charles Adeogun-Phillips that he voluntarily withdrew in protest as the lead prosecuting counsel in the trial of a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, on corruption charges.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), said in a statement on Sunday that he fired Adeogun-Phillips from further handling the case because of the lawyer’s “unprofessional conduct”.

Adeogun-Phillips, a former prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, appeared before Justice John Tsoho of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, announcing his withdrawal as the lead prosecuting counsel in Ngwuta’s trial on money laundering charges involving over N500m.

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