Ngwuta who was three week away to his 70th birthday, died on Sunday after a yet to be disclosed illness.
The senior judge would have officially left the bench on March 30, this year, and was said to be preparing for his retirement before his fell sick, which eventually led to his death.
Supreme in a statement disclosed that his remain has been deposited in the National Hospital mortuary pending the arrangement for his burial.
Read Supreme Court communique below:
Justice Ngwuta Passes On
The Supreme Court of Nigeria regret to announce the death of the Hon. Mr. Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta, JSC, CFR, by 2.30 am of Sunday March 7, 2021.
He felt sick and was admitted in the last one week in 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.
Hon. Justice Ngwuta was due to retire from the Supreme Court bench on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70 years on March 30, 2021.
His remain has been deposited in 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 in University of Ife (Now Obafemi Awolowo University). lle-ife in 1977 and BL at the Nigerian law school in 1978.
May the late Hon. Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta rest in perfect peace and grant his family, Judiciary and the apex court to bear the irreparable loss.
Hadizatu Uwani Mustapha, Chief Registrar, Supreme Court of Nigeria