Tanko Nuhu Kutana, the third prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of a Supreme Court judge, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, on Monday told a Federal High Court in Abuja, that Justice Ngwuta used two valid diplomatic passports on trips to different countries.
Tanko Kutana, an immigration officer attached to the Benue State Command, spoke at the resumed trial of Ngwuta, who is being prosecuted by the federal government on a 14- count charge bordering on alleged money laundering and unlawful possession of two valid diplomatic passports.
The witness, led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Olufemi Fatunde, also informed the court that the defendant used different years, 1951 and 1952 as his date of birth for the purpose of procuring diplomatic passport.
Kutana further told the trial judge, Justice John Tsoho that justice Ngwuta used the two valid diplomatic passports he obtained from the immigration service interchangeably to travel to different countries against the law.
According to the witness, Justice Ngwuta had on April 5, 2016 wrote to the NIS through the Supreme Court reporting the loss of his passport, and was issued a replacement on May 13, 2016.
The said passport, he added, was issued in 2014 with expiry date on Nov 29, 2017. The witness said checks in 2016, however, showed that Ngwuta was still making use of the missing passport while retaining the new one.
The officer explained that Ngwuta travelled to different African and European countries with the two valid documents.