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Nigeria: Court Allows Trial of Top Judge to Proceed

1 MIN READJan 30, 2019 | 20:22 GMT

What Happened: A Nigerian appeals court has ruled that a trial involving the country's chief justice, Walter Onnoghen, could proceed, Bloomberg reported Jan. 30.

Why It Matters: A Nigerian court indefinitely adjourned Onnoghen's trial earlier this week. The opposition People's Democratic Party has claimed the case was politically motivated due to Onnoghen's potential role in overseeing legal challenges to the country's upcoming presidential election.

Background: A final ruling on whether Nigeria's Code of Conduct Tribunal has jurisdiction over the case is expected Feb. 4, 12 days before the country will hold its presidential election.

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