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CCT stops trial of Justice Sylvester Ngwuta

The Code of Conduct Tribunal has discontinued the trial of Justice Sylvester Ngwuta.

Justice Ngwuta, a serving justice of the Supreme Court was earlier arraigned before the CCT last year on charges bothering on false assets declaration.

A two-man panel of the CCT, in a ruling upheld the argument by Justice Ngwuta, to the effect that, as a serving Justice of the Supreme Court, he could not be tried in any court or tribunal, except after he had been subjected to the investigatory and disciplinary processes of the National Judicial Council.

The tribunal in its decision, also relied on the judgement of the Court of Appeal in the case of Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa, in which the appellate court held, in a December 2017 judgment, that by virtue of Section 158 of the 1999 Constitution, only the NJC was with the powers to deal try judicial officers for any misconduct while in office.

The tribunal said a judge could not be prosecuted by any court of tribunal until the NJC deals with the allegations against him/he and takes a decision of either dismissing such a judicial officer or compulsorily retiring him or her.

It consequently quashed the charges against Justice Ngwuta and discharged him.

The Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier acquitted Justice Ngwuta of the corruption charges against him.

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