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By Kemi Oyewole (Judiciary Reporter)

Eminent Jurist, Hon. Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court of Nigeria is dead.

A statement on Sunday afternoon by the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hadizatu Uwani Mustapha Esq, said Ngwuta passed on at 2:30 pm. on Sunday, March 7, 2021.

According to the statement, Justice Ngwuta felt sick and was admitted in the last one week at 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.

Justice Ngwuta was said to be due to retirement from the Supreme Court bench on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70 years on March 30, 2021.

His remain has been deposited at 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 at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University). lle-ife in 1977 and BL at the Nigerian law school in 1978.

The statement prayed the Almighty God to grant the late Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta eternal rest and perfect peace. It also asked God to grant his family, the Judiciary, and the apex court, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. NNL.