Nigeria: Supreme Court Justice Charged With Corruption, Money Laundering
A justice on Nigeria’s Supreme Court has been charged with 16 counts of corruption and laundering 505 million naira (US$ 1.6 million) via a local company, media in the West African country reported.
A raid by Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) on the home of Sylvester Ngwuta on Oct. 8 uncovered a bag containing 27 million naira in cash and four passports, which he is accused of using interchangeably. Ngwuta was released on a bail of 100 million naira on Monday.
The Nigerian Bar Association has denounced the raids and accused the DSS of running a “Gestapo-style” operation, the BBC reported.
Prosecutors cautioned against bail for Ngwuta, saying he could use his influence as a senior judge to hobble the case against him.
Ngwuta has pleaded not guilty to all charges.