The Code and Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja, has discharged Justice Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta, a serving Judge of the Supreme Court of the allegations against him.
Honourable Member of the Tribunal, Mr. William Atedze, in his decision in the matter said he is persuaded by the argument of the Applicant in paragraph 4.1 of his written address that; as a serving judicial officer, he is under the management, control and discipline of the National Judicial council, a body whose independence from external control or interference is constitutionally provided for by section 158 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
He held, ‘’This means that any allegation of official misconduct will first have to be referred to the National Judicial Council to the exclusion of any other body, court or Tribunal’’.
The court held that the prosecution, who queried veracity of the adoption of the case of Ngajiwa v. FRN as a precedent, further contradicted himself by alluding to the possibility that should the matter be appealed to the Supreme Court for final determination, that the apex Court may adopt his line of argument.
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