- The Nigerian government has appointed a new prosecutor for the trial of a former Supreme Court Justice Sylvester Ngwuta
- The new lead counsel is a female prosecutor with ministry of justice
- The new lead prosecutor called for an adjournment of the matter to enable her study the case files
The Nigerian government has appointed a new prosecutor for the trial of a former Supreme Court Justice Sylvester Ngwuta.
The federal government appointed Olufemi Fakunle of the ministry of justice as a lead counsel in the ongoing trial of Ngwuta.
Ngwuta's trial came to a halt after the lead counsel, Charles Adeogun-Philips withdrew from the matter.
Charles had earlier claimed that he withdrew from the case after many controversies trailing the matter.
However, the federal government debunking Charles' claim said it fired the lead prosecutor over cases he was handling.
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The attorney general of the federation had said Charles failed to inform the federal government that he was holding brief in another matter which is conflicting with Ngwuta's case.
Meanwhile, announcing her appearance in court today, February 13, Fakunle made an oral application before the Federal High Court.
She sought the court's relief to adjourn the matter for her to study the case files and interview witnesses lined up.
Following no objection from the defence counsel, Kanu Agabi, the trial judge, John Tsoho adjourned the matter to March 16 and 17 for continuation of trial.
Ngwuta is facing a 15-count charge of money laundering leveled against him by the Department of State Service.
He was arrested after a raid in his house and three other judges by the DSS on October 7, 2016.