Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, a Supreme Court judge, arraigned on Monday for alleged money laundering has pleaded not guilty. He was arraigned at the Federal High Court, Abuja on a 16 count charge of money laundering and breaches. Ngwuta was one of the judges arrested by the Department of State Service (DSS). He was alleged to have transferred N505 million to a contractor Nwamba Linus Chukwuebuka, between January and May this year.
Justice Ngwuta was also alleged to have instructed a relative to remove exotic cars from his Ebonyi home during investigation.
In addition, two valid diplomatic passports and two standard Nigerian passports were found in his house during the October 8 sting on the building by DSS. He was also also accused of retaining huge sums of money in local and foreign currencies being proceeds of his unlawful act contrary to the provisions of the Money Laundering Act.
According to prosecution Ngwuta was accused of the concealment of the origin of sums of money found in his house during the raid on his house by DSS between October 7 and 8.
The N505 million was alleged to be part of proceeds of Ngwuta’s “unlawful” activities.
He was accused of breaching provisions of section 18(1)(b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act.