Part of the N35million the Department of State Service (DSS) claimed it recovered from the home of Justice Sylvester Ngwuta is missing.
This was disclosed by the presiding judge, Justice John Tsoho of the Abuja Federal High Court at the resumption of the trial of the Supreme Court judge, Ngwuta, who is facing money laundering charges, on Friday.
An investigator of the DSS, Mr. John Utazi, had on Thursdsy told the court that the total amount of local currencies it recovered from Ngwuta’s home was N35,358,000. He put the total of foreign currencies recovered at £35, 0915 (Pound Sterling), $319,096 (United States Dollars), R50 (South Africa Rand), €280 Euros, 380 United Arab Emirates Dirhams and 420 Gambian Dalasis.
But before the money, which counsel to the Federal government, Mrs. Olufemi Fatunde tendered into evidence in nine bags and boxes, would be transferred to the Central Bank of Nigeria for safe-keeping, Justice Tsoho instructed for a recount of the money.
However, during the continuation of trail on the case on Friday, Justice Tsoho disclosed that N22,160. 00 was missing from the money.
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The Federal Government had claimed that it submitted a total of N35,358,000, but the Judge said that after recounting it was discovered that the total of N35,335,840 was tendered before the court.
Ngwuta’s lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN) was subsequently asked to cross-examine the witness, Mr. Utazi, the fifth prosecution witness in the matter.