FG gets new prosecutor for Justice Ngwuta’s trial as court adjourns till March 16

Justice NgwutaThe Federal Government has hired a new lawyer, Olusegun Fakunle for the prosecution of Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, a judge of the Supreme Court  who is standing trial for corruption-related offences.

At the last sitting, lawyer to the federal government, Charles Adeogun-Philips, who was engaged for the high profile case from the International Criminal Court (ICC)  due to his wide experience in criminal matters, announced his dramatic withdrawal without giving any reason.

But trial could not go on in the case on Monday following a request by the new lawyer for a short time to study the case file and move the mater forward.

The trial court which granted the request adjourned further hearing in the matter till March 16 and 17, 2017.

Ngwuta is being prosecuted by the federal government on a 16-count charge bordering on corruption, money laundering and other financial crimes.

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At the resumption of trial on Monday, a new prosecution counsel hired by the federal government, Olusegun Fakunle, prayed the court for a short adjournment to enable her go through the case file.

Fakunle told the court that she was briefed about the matter few days ago after she was informed that the matter was for re-examination.

She told the court that for her to carry out a successful re-examination, she would require a short time to study the case file and subsequently interview the witness before taking further steps.

“I know this is not a bid to slow the space but as a matter of necessity, I will be obliged if my application is considered,” she added.

Counsel to the defendant, led by Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), did not object to the application.

The trial judge, Justice John Tsoho, therefore, adjourned the trial to March 16 & 17