A prosecution witness in the on-going trial of Justice Sylvester Ngwuta on Friday, opened a can of worms on the embattled Supreme Court Judge.
He insinuated that Ngwuta may have hatched evil plans by obtaining multiple international passports.
The witness, Tanko Kutana, a Deputy Comptroller of Immigration, the third prosecution witness to testify in the case, told the Federal High Court Abuja, how the defendant obtained multiple passports.
While being led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Mrs Olufemi Falake, Kutana said he was directed by the Comptroller-General of Immigration to to examine Ngwuta’s documents in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
“I was in my office which is the forensic investigative arm of the immigration service on Dec. 7, 2016 when I was summoned to the office of my Comptroller-General.
“From the office of Comptroller-General, I was directed to proceed to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) to examine some travel documents, specifically passports,” he said.
He said that at the AGF’s office, he was given some passports to examine, among which were one Diplomatic Passport, two international Passports and one e-passport.
“I examined the two International Passports which had Ngwuta’s name on them and I found out that they were validly issued passports.
“The two International Passports aroused my curiousity because they were both valid Nigeria standard passports.
“So I took permission to go to my office to investigate how an individual can possess two valid International Passports and there I discovered that he had declared one of the passports missing,” he said.
Kutana further stated that the Ngwuta had reported the loss of his passport which was issued to him on Nov. 29, 2012 and requested for a new one through a letter dated April 5, 2016.
He noted that attached to the letter was a sworn affidavit by the defendant stating the loss of the said passport and also a police extract from the police diary domiciled at the Supreme Court.
He further stated that it was based on the letter, police extract and sworn affidavit that the defendant was issued another passport on April 20, 2016.
The witness said the first International Passport with number A04389985 was issued on Nov. 29, 2012 and to expire in Nov 28, 2017, contained an America visa, issued on Aug. 26, 2015 and to expire Aug. 24, 2017.
While the replaced one with number A07274634 which was issued on April 20, 2016 to expire on April 19, 2021, also had a valid America visa issued on Sept. 27, 2016 to expire on Sept 25, 2018.
He added that it also had a valid British visa issued on the June 28, 2016 and to expire June 28, 2018.
The two International Passports, sworn affidavit and police extract were all tendered in evidence by the prosecutor.
When he was cross examined by the defence counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN), the witness said the two passports were still valid because they had not expired and there was no endorsement for cancellation on them.
He also said the defendant had not used the new passport to travel since it was issued him.
He further said that he had never met with Ngwuta before he made his statement at DSS or the AGF’s office.
He added that as a forensic investigator, he was not expected to see the owner of a document before giving his opinion.
Agabi sought to know from the witness if there was evidence to show that the two International Passports were used interchangeably, but he said ‘no’.
The trial Judge, Justice John Tsoho, adjourned the matter till May 16 and 17 for continuation of trial.