Money Laundering: Justice Ngwuta Claims Innocent

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By Aaron Ossai
 
A Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Sylvester Ngwuta, who is being prosecuted before a Federal High Court, in Abuja, on money laundering and passport fraud charges has declared that he was innocent of the charges proffered against him claiming that he was anxious to defend himself.
 
The senior Judge spoke through his lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), following a request for adjournment by the prosecution on Wednesday.
 
The lead prosecuting counsel, Mrs. Olufemi Fatunde, had earlier on Tuesday, requested an adjournment till Wednesday to enable the prosecution to produce some certain exhibits in court.
 
A Staff Officer of the Department of State Services, Mr. John Utazi, through whom the prosecution sought to tender the said exhibits, had started his testimony on Tuesday and was scheduled to continue on Wednesday in anticipation that the exhibits would have arrived court.
 
But after the case was called and lawyers announced appearances on Wednesday, the lead prosecutor, Fatunde, expressed regret that she would have to seek an adjournment due to the unavailability of the exhibits being expected.
 
She said, “I am still waiting for the exhibits.
 
“The exhibits are not here for reasons unknown to me. Till now the exhibits have not arrived.
 
“My Lord I pray for the short adjournment”, she pleaded.