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Sylvester Ngwuta, supreme court justice, is dead

Sylvester Ngwuta, supreme court justice, is dead
March 07
10:23 2021

Sylvester Ngwuta, a justice of the supreme court, is dead.

Ahuraka Isah, spokesperson of the supreme court, confirmed the incident to TheCable.

According to Isah, the justice who had been ill for some time died on Sunday morning.

He said Ngwuta’s illness took a turn for the worse on Thursday and was subsequently taken to the intensive care unit.


The supreme court spokesperson, however, said Ngwuta tested negative for COVID-19.

“He has been ill for a while. He was supposed to preside over a matter on Thursday but the illness became severe,” he said.

“He was moved to intensive care unit on Friday. They even conducted COVID-19 test on him but he tested negative. We were already preparing for his valedictory service slated for March 30.”


Ngwuta was absent from the bench between 2016 and 2019 while he faced trial for corruption.

In October 2016, his home in Abuja was raided by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The secret police claimed it found hard currencies believed to be proceeds of corruption in his residence.

He was asked to step aside from his duties to face charges of money laundering brought against him at a federal high court in Abuja.


He also faced charges of false asset declaration at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). Both cases were dismissed in 2018.

Ngwuta is the third most senior judge on the bench of the apex court.


Born in 1951 in Amofia-Ukawu, Onicha LGA of Ebonyi state, Ngwuta got his LLB from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1977 and a bachelor of law at the Nigerian Law School in 1978.


During his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme between August 1978 and October 1979, he was deployed as the state counsel in charge of the ministry of justice, Otukpo, Benue state.

In July 1978, he started his private legal practice in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital. In October 1995, he was appointed a judge of the Abia state high court.


He was elevated to the court of appeal in  May 2003 and was sworn in as a justice of the supreme court in May 2011.



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