Abuja - A court hearing to consider allegations that the head of Nigeria's judiciary breached asset declaration rules was adjourned on Monday until January 22, weeks ahead of a presidential election in which he could play a crucial role.
Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen did not appear at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) hearing.
Nigeria's judiciary plays a key role in election matters and has helped resolve disputes in past votes. That means Onnoghen or his successor could help decide the victor if results of the February 16 poll are disputed in court.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who was a military ruler in the early 1980s, is seeking a second term and is campaigning on his anti-corruption record.
The conduct tribunal, which tries asset declaration misdemeanours, said in a statement on Saturday that Onnoghen would face six separate charges, but did not give further details. Onnoghen could not be reached for comment.