The Supreme Court Judge, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta is dead.
According to a statement by the Chief Registrar of the apex court, Hadizatu Mustapha, Ngwuta died in his sleep at about 2.30 am on Sunday.
Ngwuta was said to be getting set for his retirement from the Supreme Court on March 30, 2021, upon attainment of 70 years mandatory retirement age.
The statement added that Mr Ngwuta, who hailed from Ebonyi State, had been admitted at the National Hospital in Abuja for about one week before his death.
He was said to have been moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital on Friday and was also said to have tested negative for COVID-19 following an investigative test carried out on him at the ICU.
The statement read, “The Supreme Court of Nigeria regrets to announce the death of the Hon. Mr Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta, JSC, CFR, by 2.30 a.m. on Sunday, March 7, 2021.
“He felt sick and was admitted in the last one week in the National Hospital, Abuja, but before he was moved to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital on Friday, March 5, he tested negative to COVID-19 investigative test conducted on him.
“Hon. Justice Ngwuta was due to retire from the Supreme Court bench on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70 years on March 30, 2021.
“His remains have been deposited in the National Hospital mortuary pending the arrangement for his burial.
“Hon. Justice Ngwuta who was appointed Supreme Court Justice on March 22, 2011, was born on March 30, 1951, in Amofia-Ukawu, Onicha Local government of Ebonyi State.
“His lordship had his basic education in the Eastern part of Nigeria and got his LLB in the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), lle-Ife in 1977 and BL at the Nigerian law school in 1978.
“May the late Hon. Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta rest in perfect peace and may God grant his family, judiciary and the apex court to bear the irreparable loss.”