The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has reviewed its decision to rule today on the application by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court, seeking to quash the charge against him.
Tribunal’s Chairman Danladi Umar had, after taking arguments from Kanu Agabi, SAN, (for the defence) and Abeni Mohammed, SAN (for the prosecution), stood down proceedings for 30 minutes for ruling.
But, one hour after proceedings were stood down, a senior official of the tribunal later announced that the ruling would no longer be available today.
With the agreement of parties, the case has now been adjourned to March 21 for ruling.
Justice Ngwuta is being tried on an eight-count charge filed on March 21, 2017 by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), in which he is among others, accused of contravening the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal (CCB/T) Act for failing to declare some of his assets.
He is accused by the prosecution of possessing 28 plots of land, which he allegedly refused to declare to the CCB between June 2, 2011 and July 19, 2016.
The prosecution further alleged that Justice Ngwuta, within the same period, engaged in the purchase and sale of rice, palm oil and other related products, while being a justice of the Supreme Court.
It also claimed the judge owns five cars, which he allegedly kept away from the CCB.