Trial of Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court, who is facing corruption charges, resumed, yesterday, with the Federal Government revealing that whereas the total salary of the defendant for five years was N45 million, he, however, spent N313 million in nine months.
The Federal Government made the disclosure on a day it brought the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Mr. Saleh Gambo, to testify against Ngwuta before the Federal High Court in Abuja. Gambo, who is the second prosecution witness, PW-2, gave his evidence-in-chief before trial Justice John Tsoho, shortly after the embattled jurist entered fresh plea to an amended 11-count money laundering charge.
Testifying on oath before the court, Gambo said the defendant was elevated to the apex court bench in 2011.
He told the court that the defendant receives N751,000 as his monthly salary as well as another N710,000 as his allowance.
The witness said: “My lord, I know the remuneration of all Justices of the Supreme Court. Justices receive their salaries, allowances, air tickets when they are travelling and estacodes when they are going out of the country.
They also get welfare packages during festivities. “I know the defendant since 2011 when he was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court. “From 2011 to September 2016, during this period, his lordship got N751,000 as his monthly salary. He also received N710,000 as allowances.