Nigerian court gives order to stop trial of top judge


Nigerian court gives order to stop trial of top judge
Nigeria’s Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • Nigeria’s Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen has been asked to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for trial.
  • He has not responded to the charges and says the tribunal, which tries asset-declaration misdemeanors, does not have the authority to try him.

A Nigerian appeals court issued an interim order on Thursday stopping a tribunal from charging the chief justice with breaching asset-declaration rules, a month before a presidential election.

Nigeria’s Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen has been asked to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for trial.

He has not responded to the charges and says the tribunal, which tries asset-declaration misdemeanors, does not have the authority to try him.

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