- Sylvester Ngwuta, who is suspended along with several other judges, was slapped with a nine-count charge before a federal high court in Abuja on Tuesday.
Abuja. Nigeria has filed money laundering and fraud charges against a supreme court judge as part of a wider crackdown on endemic corruption in Africa’s most populous country, court documents showed Wednesday.
Sylvester Ngwuta, who is suspended along with several other judges, was slapped with a nine-count charge before a federal high court in Abuja on Tuesday.
Ngwuta is accused of illegally keeping the sums of 35.4 million naira ($111,995), $319,596 and 25,915 pounds in his house contrary to the country’s money laundering law.
The embattled judge is also alleged to have “knowingly made a false statement” to obtain four diplomatic passports from the Nigeria Immigration Service. No date has been fixed for hearing of the case.
Ngwuta and six other judges have been under investigation following the overnight raids on their homes last month.
At least seven judges were arrested on October 8 and 9 by the Department of State Service (DSS) accused of taking bribes, triggering an outcry from the bar association and rights groups who described the raids as unprecedented.
Millions of naira and other currencies were found in the judges’ homes during the raids.
In all 15 judges are said to be under investigation since April.
It was not immediately clear when the trial of the other judges would start, but justice ministry sources said the government would soon file charges against them. (AFP)