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Nigeria’s suspended Chief Justice appears before tribunal

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The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, appeared in court today for the next stage of his trial.

The top judge was suspended and a replacement named by President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of last month’s elections over allegations that he had failed to fully declare his personal assets before taking office.

Justice Onnoghen arrived today more than an hour early for his hearing at the Code of Conduct Tribunal which proceeded to examine his bank accounts.

At a previous appearance, he had pleaded not guilty to the six-count charge of non-declaration of assets which had been filed against him by the government.

The action was widely seen as politically motivated and triggered a public outcry.

Mr Buhari won the presidential election but the result is now being challenged by the main opposition candidates in the courts.

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