Ex-UN prosecutor arrives, leading Justice Ngwuta’s trial today

A former prosecutor at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Mr. Segun Jegede, has arrived Nigeria after he was engaged by the Federal Government to handle the trial of a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, who is to be arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja today (Monday).

Mr Jegede and another international lawyer, Mr Charles Adeogun-Philips, have been engaged by the Federal Government to prosecute all the judges it lined up for trial.

The two lawyers with decades of international practice are leading two teams that have been briefed by the Federal Government through its National Prosecution Coordination Committee (NPCC).

While Jegede is leading the prosecution of Justice Ngwuta, Adeogun-Philips has been briefed to lead the prosecution of some Supreme Court officials who had been charged with diversion of N2.2bn belonging to the apex court.

The two lawyers are both on the team of 80 special prosecutors of the Federal Government whose activities are being coordinated by the NPCC.

Jegede reportedly worked at the UN-ICTR for over a decade. His work mainly revolved around the investigation and prosecution of masterminds of crimes committed during the Rwandan genocide.

According to Punch findings, Jegede also had a stint at Federal Ministry of Justice as a state counsel before going into legal practice and establishing his own law firm in 1988.

On his part, Adeogun-Philips, who was born in England 50 years ago, is a former genocide and war crime prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.

Already, three cases have been filed with respect to the charges of corruption preferred against some judges and court officials.

The first case involved Justice Ngwuta of the Supreme Court, who was charged with 16 counts of money laundering before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Information reaching OluFamous.Com is that Justice Ngwuta appeared in court in Abuja today.