Nigeria’s court finds top judge guilty of graft
An ethics court yesterday found Nigeria’s former chief justice guilty of corruption and banned him from office for 10 years in a case the opposition said was politically motivated.
Walter Onnoghen was suspended from his post as the country’s top judge by President Muhammadu Buhari just weeks before elections in February, prompting outrage and claims Buhari was trying to manipulate the judiciary.
A request to remove the chief justice normally has to be approved with a two-thirds majority of the Senate, but the head of state did not follow that process.
Onnoghen was tried for allegedly failing to divulge cash in five foreign bank accounts in contravention of rules governing the declaration of assets by public officials.