The third most senior Supreme Court judge, Sylvester Ngwuta, have been confirmed dead.
According to Thecable, Justice Ngwuta died early Sunday morning after an illness that has downed him for sometime. Ahuraka Isah, spokesperson of the supreme court, confirmed.
It was also confirmed that his illness took a turn for the worse on Thursday and was subsequently taken to the intensive care unit.
The supreme court spokesperson, however, said Ngwuta tested negative for COVID-19.
“He has been ill for a while. He was supposed to preside over a matter on Thursday but the illness became severe,” he said.
“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.”
Ngwuta was absent from the bench between 2016 and 2019 while he faced trial for corruption.
It would be recalled that Justice Ngwuta was one of the judges whose house was raided in October 2016, by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The secret police claimed it found hard currencies believed to be proceeds of corruption in his residence.
After the raid, the Apex court judge was asked to step aside from his duties to face charges of money laundering brought against him at a federal high court in Abuja.
He also faced charges of false asset declaration at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). Both cases were dismissed in 2018.