President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of Sylvester Ngwuta, a Justice of the Supreme Court, who passed on in the early hours of Sunday.
News360 Info had reported that Mr. Ngwuta died at 69 just about three weeks to his retirement from the bench on March 30, when he ought to clock 70.
Mr. Buhari’s government prosecuted Mr. Ngwuta as a serving judge for various charges including money laundering between 2017 and 2019.
But a presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said in a statement on Sunday that Mr Buhari believed that the deceased lived and served the country with his knowledge of the law.
The President added that Mr. Ngwuta’s death would leave a gap in the Supreme Court, considering his experience and dedication to the interpretation of the constitution.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with family and friends of Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta, who passed away early hours of Sunday in Abuja.
“The President joins the people and government of Ebonyi State, Nigeria Bar Association and members of the Bench in mourning the legal luminary, regretting that the death of the eminent Justice will leave a gap in the Supreme Court, considering his experience and dedication to the interpretation of the constitution.
“President Buhari believes Justice Ngwuta lived and served the country with his knowledge of the law.
“The President prays that the Almighty God will accept the soul of the departed, and comfort his family.”