Nigeria’s president accepts retirement of convicted top judge

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the retirement letter of the chief justice, Walter Onnoghen, after his conviction earlier this year.

Walter Onnoghen on trial (Getty Images)
Walter Onnoghen on trial (Getty Images)

In April he was convicted of falsely declaring his assets after failing to reveal the money he held in foreign bank accounts.

The law requires senior civil servants and government officials to declare their assets before taking office as a way to monitor wrongdoing.

He was the country’s most senior judge and this is the first time a chief justice in Nigeria has been put on trial and convicted.

He has not commented on his conviction or retirement. BBC News