January 24, 2019 / 4:35 PM / a month ago

Nigerian court gives order to stop trial of top judge

Attorneys in defense of Nigeria's Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen are pictured at the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja, Nigeria January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

ABUJA (Reuters) - 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.

Reporting by Camillus Eboh; Writing by Chijioke Ohuocha; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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