The ongoing trial of the embattled Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, over alleged money laundering and possession of two valid passports, continues Th ursday.
The federal government is prosecuting Ngwuta, on a 14- count charge bordering on alleged money laundering and unlawful possession of two valid diplomatic passports, said to be contrary to Section 10(1a) and (d) of the Immigration Act 2015 and punishable under Section 10(1) of the Act.
At the last sitting, the prosecution counsel, Olufemi Fatunde, expressed disappointment as she failed to produce a prosecution witness number four in court. She pleaded, “My Lord, I’m not happy that we are not ready to go on, but that is the position. Our witness still has some health challenges. By the grace of God, we shall be ready by the next adjourned date.
“We most humbly and sincerely apologise to my Lord, to the defendant and his defence counsel for bringing them to court,” Th e defence counsel, Kanu Agabi, SAN did not object to the request for an adjournment.
Th e presiding judge, Justice John Tsoho, warned the prosecution counsel to always inform the defendant on time whenever the matter would not hold. “When there is possibility of the matter not going on, the prosecution counsel has to let the defendant know.
“Th e fact that you used the word ‘still’ means that you were aware that the proposed witness is sick, and did not inform the court and the defendant,” Justice Tsoho noted. He directed the prosecution counsel to always notify the defence counsel within 24 hours of any development that could stall proceeding.