Sylvester Ngwuta, one of Supreme Court justices that sat on Imo election petition dies weeks to retirement




The late Justice Sylvester Ngwuta

ABUJA – Justice Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta of the Supreme Court has been reported dead, TheNewsGuru reports.

Justice Ngwuta died on Sunday morning (today).

A source close to the family disclosed that he died in his sleep at his residence in Abuja, the federal capital territory (FCT).

Justice Ngwuta was getting set for his retirement from the Supreme Court on 30th March 2021 upon attainment of 70 years mandatory retirement age.

The late Justice Ngwuta was a member of the seven-man Supreme Court panel that on 14 January 2020 gave a  controversial judgement in favour of APC’s Hope Uzodinma as duly elected Governor of Imo State against Hon Emeka Ihedioha, the PDP candidate, who was declared winner by INEC in the 9 March 2019 governorship election.
Hope Uzodinma had come fourth in the 2019 election and never met the constitutional requirement of scoring at least 25 percent in two-thirds of the local government areas of Imo State.

Other members of the Supreme Court panel headed by Chief Justice of the Federation, Tanko Muhammad, were Kayode Ariwoola, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Amina Augie, Adamu Galinje and Uwani Aba-Aji.

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