Justice Ngwuta Returns To Supreme Court After Corruption Case

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Justice Sylvester Ngwuta has returned to the Supreme Court after serving a three-year suspension over alleged corruption. 

Ngwuta on Monday joined the court Judges at the swearing-in of the new Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN). 

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He was among the panel of five Supreme Court Judges, which was headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammed, who oversaw the swearing-in of the SANs.

Ngwuta was charged with money laundering before the Federal High Court in Abuja, and with assets declaration breaches before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

But both cases were dismissed in 2018 following a Court of Appeal’s verdict which prohibited the trial of a serving judge without being first disciplined by the National Judicial Council.

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Thirty five academics and three advocates were sworn in as SANs as part of activities to mark the beginning on the legal year 2019/2020, bringing the total number of Senior Advocates of Nigeria to 548.

A total of 117 lawyers applied for the coveted office of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, only 38 made the list 2 of which are women.

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