New Lead Prosecutor Appointed In Justice Ngwuta’s Trial

Denisaurus News Update: By Danjuma Aliyu

The Federal Government of Nigeria has named a new chief prosecutor to lead the trial of Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, a Supreme Court Justice who is standing trial for alleged corruption.

Justice Ngwuta, one of the justices arrested and detained following a raid by the Department of State Services, DSS, on Oct. 8, 2016, entered a not guilty plea to the 15-count charge levelled against him.

Olufemi Fatunde, a former Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, is the second prosecutor to work on the case.

Mrs Fatunde made her first appearance in Court today, 13 February, following the sack of the former Head of the Prosecution Team, Charles Adeogun-Philips.

On Sunday, the Attorney General of Federation’s office revealed that Mr Adeogun-Phillips was dismissed for “unprofessional conduct.” contrary to the on-gong report that he had voluntarily withdrawn from the case.

At the resumed trial, Mrs Fatunde asked for an adjournment to enable her to study the file and interview the witnesses. Kanu Agabi, SAN, lawyer to the defence did not oppose the application.

The trial continues next month.

 

 

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