By Denisaurus News Service
A Supreme Court judge who was arraigned on Monday, November 21 for alleged money laundering has pleaded not guilty.
Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, one of the seven judges arrested and detained by the Department of State Service, DSS, on October 8th, appeared before Justice John Tshoho over an ‘unlawful’ transfer of N505 million to a firm, Nwamba Linus Chukwuebuka, between January and May this year.
Justice Ngwuta was accused of keeping huge sums of money in local and foreign currencies that were alleged to be gains of his unlawful act contrary to the provisions of the Money Laundering Act.
Two valid diplomatic passports and two standard Nigerian passports were reportedly found in his house during the sting on the building by DSS.
The charge was instituted by the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
According to report, Mr Kanu Agabi, SAN, the lawyer of Judge Ngwuta has requested for bail based on self-recognition.
Justice Tsoho of the Federal Court in Abuja answered the prayers of Mr Agabi SAN, saying: “I hereby rule that the defendant be granted bail in the sum of N100m in self-recognisance.”
His client has entered a not guilty plea to the 16-count charges of money laundering, corruption, breach of professional ethics, age falsification and forgery leveled against him by the Federal Government.
The trial has been adjourned to the 7th and 8th of December, 2016.