Friday, 26 May 2017

Controversy in court as part of the money recovered from Justice Ngwuta goes missing

Justice John Tsoho has, on Friday, revealed that part of the N35 million found in Justice Sylvester Ngwuta’s residence is missing.

The money which was ordered by a Federal High Court in Abuja, to be deposited in the Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday May 26 revealed a discrepancy of a total amount of N22,160.

This was declared at the resumption of the trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The DSS through one of its investigators, John Utazi, has declared that the agency found N35,358,000, £35, 0915 (Pound Sterling), $319,096 (United States Dollars), R50 (South Africa Rand), €280 Euros, 380 United Arab Emirates Dirhams and 420 Gambian Dalasis.

After it was presented before the court, Justice Tsoho asked the monies be recounted and, that the foreign currencies be counted in bundles, only to discover that N22,160.00 was missing, as reported by Vanguard.

While the FG claimed that it tendered a total of N35,358,000, the Judge disclosed that only N35,335,840 was tendered before the court.

Sequel to the development, the court gave Ngwuta’s lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN, the nod to cross-examine the witness, Mr. Utazi, who is the fifth prosecution witness in the matter.

But under cross-examination, Utazi insisted that the amount he delivered to the court was N35,358,000, which he earlier claimed and not N35,335,840 which the report of the counting revealed.

Utazi said, “What I delivered to the exhibit keeper yesterday (Thursday) was N35,358,000.” When asked, he said, “I was not present when the money was counted.”

When pressed to answer if he disagreed with the report of the counting, Utazi said, “What I delivered N35,358,000. “I stand by what I delivered to the court. “I meticulously counted the money. I don’t know whether to agree or not but what I delivered to the court was N35,358,000”.

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