Justice Sylvanus Ngwuta of the Supreme Court used two active international passports at the same time, an official of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) told a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.
A Deputy Controller of the NIS in Benue, Tanko Nuhu Kutana said Ngwuta was issued with an international passport in 2014 with expiry date on Nov 29, 2017.
He said Ngwuta on 5th of April, 2016 wrote to the NIS through the Supreme Court reporting the loss of the passport, and was issued a replacement on 13th May, 2016.
He said checks in 2016 showed that he was still using the missing passport, while retaining the new one, adding that doubt about the loss of the old passport arose from his use of two dates of births 1951 and 1952 for the two documents.
“When he was issued the 64 page passport in 2014, he continued to use the 64 pages of the new passport interchangeably, and he did not return it for cancellation,” Kutana said.
He also said Ngwuta “claimed 1951 date of birth and the 2016 passport he claimed 1952 as date of birth, so it creates doubts as to the loss of the 2014 passport”
Justice Ngwuta is facing charges of money laundering, false age declaration and possession of multiple diplomatic passports.
Justice John Tsoho has adjourned the case to October 6, 26 and 27 for cross examination.