Lead Prosecutor withdraws from Justice Ngwuta’s trial

Ebun Francis

The lead prosecution counsel‎ in the trial of Sylvester Ngwuta, the suspended supreme court judge, Charles Adeogun-Philips, Thursday announced that he is withdrawing from the case.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Thursday at the Federal High Court, Abuja, Hajara Yusuf, principal state counsel, told the court that she had been instructed to take over the matter from Adeogun-Philips who is an International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor.

“I have been instructed to inform the court that Mr Charles Adeogun-Philips, the lead prosecuting counsel, will no longer be appearing in this matter,” she said.

“In view of this change, myself and my colleagues will be appearing subject when arrangement will be made in due course.”‎

Justice Ngwuta, one of the Judges arrested by the Department of state security last year during a sting operation, is facing money laundering charges to the tune of N500m brought against him by the federal government.

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The embattled suspended Supreme court Judge was also arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), yesterday by the Federal Government.