The Supreme Court has disclosed how one of its justices, Sylvester Ngwuta died.
Recall that Ngwuta died in the early hours of Sunday.https://dailypost.ng/2021/03/07/breaking-supreme-court-justice-sylvester-ngwuta-is-dead/
Reacting to the development, the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hadizatu Uwani Mustapha, said the deceased judge died at about 2.30 am on Sunday at the Intensive care unit of the National Hospital, Abuja.
Mustapha said Justice Ngwuta passed on after he fell sick about a week ago and was admitted at the National Hospital in Abuja.
In a statement issued, Mustapha said: “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 remains have been deposited in the National Hospital mortuary pending the arrangement for his burial.”
The senior judge died while preparing for his retirement upon attaining 70 years on March 30, 2020.
He was born in 1951 in Amofia-Ukawu, Onicha Local government Area of Ebonyi State.
The senior lawyer commenced his private legal practice at Abakaliki from July 1978 to October 1995.
Ugwuta was later appointed a judge of the High Court Abia in October 1995 and then promoted to the Court of Appeal on May 22, 2003.
The deceased was finally sworn-in as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in May 2011.
Ngwuta was the chairman of the judicial panel of inquiry into the Obegu Enyibichirikwo Disturbance in 1997-1998 and has been a member of several Election Petition Tribunal, Governorship and legislative House Election Petition Tribunal; Nasarawa State held at Lafia in February 1999, National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal Plateau State, held at Jos in April 1999, among others.
The federal government had in 2018 accused the senior judge of corrupt practices.
An Abuja Federal High Court, however, absolved Ngwuta of all allegations