Supreme Court Justice Sylvester Ngwuta is dead

Yusuf Bello| A Justice of the Supreme Court, Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta has died, aged 69 years.

Justice Nwuta who died on Sunday of a yet-to-be-determined illness, was preparing for his retirement.

He would have turned 70 years on March 30th, 2021.

A statement by the country’s apex court on Sunday afternoon confirmed the passing of the Supreme Court Justice.

The statement confirming the death of JusticeNgwuta by the Supreme Court is published below…

Justice Ngwuta Passes On

The Supreme Court of Nigeria regret to announce the death of the Hon. Mr. Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta, JSC, CFR, by 2.30 am of Sunday, March 7, 2021.

He felt sick and was admitted in the last one week in the National Hospital, Abuja, but before he was moved to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital on Friday, March 5 he tested negative to COVID-19 investigative test conducted on him.

Hon. Justice Ngwuta was due to retire from the Supreme Court bench on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70 years on March 30, 2021.

His remain has been deposited in the National Hospital mortuary pending the arrangement for his burial. Hon. Justice Ngwuta who was appointed Supreme Court Justice on March 22, 2011, was born on March 30, 1951, in Amofia-Ukawu, Onicha Local government of Ebonyi State. His lordship had his basic education in the Eastern part of Nigeria and got his LLB in University of Ife (Now Obafemi Awolowo University). lle-ife in 1977 and BL at the Nigerian law school in 1978.

May the late Hon. Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta rest in perfect peace and grant his family, Judiciary, and the apex court to bear the irreparable loss.

Hadizatu Uwani Mustapha, Esq
Chief Registrar
Supreme Court of Nigeria

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