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FG Presents 9 Bags, Boxes Containing Huge Cash As Evidence Against Justice Ngwuta

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The Federal Government has tendered as evidence nine bags and boxes filled with local and foreign currencies, before a Federal High Court in Abuja, against Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta.

All the items were allegedly recovered from his home.

The items were allegedly recovered from his official residence in Abuja during a search operation carried out by men of the Department of State Service, DSS.

Recall that Justice Ngwuta is being prosecuted by the federal government on 13 counts, including passport fraud, money laundering allegations of retention and concealment of origin of the sums contained in the nine bags and boxes.

A prosecution witness, Mr. John Utazi,‎ a DSS officer , had in his testimony on May 16, 2017, given details of how his team searched Justice Ngwuta’s official residence in Abuja on October 7, 2016 and what was recovered during the search.

Continuing his testimony on Thursday, Utazi revealed further that the bags and boxes contained naira, United States dollars, British pounds sterling, euro, South African rands, United Arab Emirates dirham and Gambian dalasis.

The items were flung open during court proceedings, showing to the glare of everybody the cash in them.

Of the nine items, eight of them contained naira notes, totaling N35,358,000, Utazi had disclosed.

He said the ninth bag contained £25,915; $319,596 (USD); R50 (South African rands); 380 ( dirhams); 420 dalasis and €280 (euros)


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