Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Onnoghen Resigns

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Nigeria’s chief justice, Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, who was charged with non-declaration of assets before the tightly contested elections, has resigned, his lawyer said on Friday.

President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Walter Onnoghen just weeks before elections in February, prompting outrage and claims he was trying to manipulate the judiciary.

“Yes, he resigned yesterday,” Onnoghen’s lawyer, Adegboyega Awomolo, told AFP, without giving further details.

As head of the Supreme Court, Onnoghen could have ruled on any disputes relating to the election, which saw Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), win a second term of office.

His beaten rival, Atiku Abubakar, from the Peoples Democatic Party (PDP), has launched a legal challenge to the result, after calling the election a “sham”.

Onnoghen’s resignation came a day after the regulatory body for judges, the National Judicial Council (NJC), recommended he should be compulsorily retired from service.

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