A Supreme Court judge, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, has died.
Ngwuta passed away in the early hours of Sunday, March 7, after battling a protracted illness. His health took took a drastic turn for the worse on Thursday, March 4 and was subsequently placed under an intensive care unit.
Spokesperson of the court, Ahuraka Isah, who confirmed his death, said
“He has been ill for a while. He was supposed to preside over a matter on Thursday but the illness became severe. He was moved to intensive care unit on Friday. They even conducted COVID-19 test on him but he tested negative. We were already preparing for his valedictory service slated for March 30.”Isah said
Ngwuta has not been present at the bench between 2016 and 2019 while he stood trial for an alleged corruption after the secret police claimed it found hard currencies believed to be proceeds of corruption in his residence in Abuja. He was asked to step aside from his duties to face charges of money laundering brought against him at a federal high court in Abuja.
Late Ngwuta born in 1951 in Amofia-Ukawu, Onicha LGA of Ebonyi state, bagged his LLB from the prestigious University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1977 and a bachelor of law at the Nigerian Law School in 1978.
He was deployed deployed as the state counsel in charge of the ministry of justice, Otukpo, Benue state during his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program between August 1978 and October 1979.
Back in July 1978, he began his private legal practice in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital. In October 1995, he got appointed as a judge of the Abia state high court. He was elevated to the court of appeal in May 2003 and was sworn in as a justice of the supreme court in May 2011.
May his soul rest in peace, Amen.