False Asset Declaration & Money Laundering: Nigerian Supreme Court Justice Arraigned

by Samuel Abasi Posted on April 20th, 2017

False Asset Declaration & Money Laundering: Nigerian Supreme Court Justice Arraigned. A Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Ngwuta, was on Thursday arraigned on an eight-count charge of false declaration of asset. Mr. Ngwuta, who is also facing fraud charges at the Federal High Court in Abuja, was arraigned by the Federal Government at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Abuja. He was initially docked on a 16-count criminal charge bordering on money laundering, age falsification and illegal possession of multiple international passports, contrary to Section 10 (1) (a) of the Immigration Act 2015.

He pleaded not guilty to the fresh charges. Consequently, the Director of Public Prosecution, Mohammed Umar, who represented the Nigerian government asked the court for an adjournment to allow him present his witnesses.

The defence counsel, Kanu Agabi did not object to the request for adjournment and so the case was adjourned till July 5 for trial.

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta

It would be recalled that Justice Ngwuta was among seven superior court judges that were arrested after the DSS raided their homes in what it termed “a sting operation”.

He was in the amended charge marked FHC/ABJ/C/232, and signed by a Principal State Counsel, Hajara H. Yusuf, alleged to have among other offences, stashed foreign currencies in his Abuja home.

The Federal Government said the DSS, at the end of the search operation, conducted at Ngwuta’s official residence, recovered several sums of cash, including the sum of Thirty-Five Million, Three Hundred and Fifty-Eight Thousand Naira (NGN35,358,000.00); Three Hundred and Nineteen Thousand, Five Hundred and Ninety- Six United States Dollars ($319,596.00); Twenty-Five Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifteen Pounds Sterling (GBP 25,915) and Two Hundred and Eighty Euros (E280.00).

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta and six other judges were arrested for corruption and released on bail after millions of naira and other currencies were discovered in their homes.

Some of the charges against Justice Ngwuta read:

COUNT ONE: STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Money Laundering, contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2012 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta, adult, ’M’, 65 years, of No. 2 Yellow Houses, Supreme Court Quarters, off Shehu Shagari Way, Central District, Abuja, on or about the 4th day of January 2016, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, transferred the total sum of One Hundred and Thirty Million denominated in, Naira and US Dollars, (N130,000,000.00) to Nwamba Linus Chukwuebuka, a Building Contractor, which sums formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2012 (as amended).

COUNT TWO: STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Money Laundering, contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2012 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta, adult, ’M’, 65 years, of No. 2 Yellow Houses, Supreme Court Quarters, off Shehu Shagari Way, Central District, Abuja, on or about April 2016, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, transferred the total sum of One Hundred and Sixty Five Million, denominated in Naira and US Dollars, (N165,000,000.00) to Nwamba Linus Chukwuebuka, a Building Contractor, which sums formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2012 (as amended).

COUNT THREE: STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Money Laundering, contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2012 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta, adult, ’M’, 65 years, of No. 2 Yellow Houses, Supreme Court Quarters, off Shehu Shagari Way, Central District, Abuja, on or about April 2016, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, transferred the total sum of One Hundred Million, denominated in Naira and US Dollars, (N100,000,000.00) to Nwamba Linus Chukwuebuka, a Building Contractor, which sums formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2012 (as amended).

COUNT FOUR: STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Money Laundering, contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2012 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta, adult, ’M’, 65 years, of No. 2 Yellow Houses, Supreme Court Quarters, off Shehu Shagari Way, Central District, Abuja, on or about May, 2016, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, transferred the total sum of One Hundred and Ten Million , denominated in Naira and US Dollars, (N110,000,000.00) to Nwamba Linus Chukwuebuka, a Building Contractor, which sums formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2012 (as amended).

COUNT TWELVE: STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Unauthorized Possession of More than One Valid Standard Nigerian Passport contrary to Section 10 (1) (a) of the Immigration Act 2015 and punishable under Section 10 (1) of the Act.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta, adult, ‘M’, 65 years, of No. 2 Yellow Houses, Supreme Court Quarters, off Shehu Shagari Way, Central District, Abuja, FCT, on 8th October 2016 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had in your possession, two valid Standard Nigerian Passports and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 10 (1) (a) of the Immigration Act 2015.

COUNT THIRTEEN: STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Making a False Statement for the Purpose of Procuring a Passport contrary to Section 10 (1) (c) of the Immigration Act 2015 and punishable under Section 10 (1) of the Act.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta, adult, ‘M’, 65 years, of No. 2 Yellow Houses, Supreme Court Quarters, off Shehu Shagari Way, Central District, Abuja, FCT, on the 5th day of April 2016, at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, knowingly made a false statement to the Passport Office concerning the loss of your Standard Nigerian Passport No: A04389985 and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 10 (1) (c) of the Immigration Act.

COUNT FOURTEEN: STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Submitting Multiple Applications to the Passport Office with the Intention of Obtaining Multiple Passports contrary to Section 10 (1) (d) of the Immigration Act 2015 and punishable under Section 10 (1) of the same Act.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta, adult, male, 65 years, of No. 2 Yellow Houses, Supreme Court Quarters, off Shehu Shagari Way, Central District, Abuja, FCT, on the 5th day of April 2016, at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, you submitted multiple applications to one or more passport offices with the intention of obtaining multiple Standard Nigerian Passports for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 10 (1) (d) of the Immigration Act 2015 and punishable under Section 10 (1) of the same Act.”

Since coming to power, President Buhari decided to fight against corruption that has made the Federal Republic of Nigeria an international embarrassment.

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