Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended Nigeria’s top judge [File: Darren Ornitz/Reuters]

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the country’s top judge and replaced him with an acting chief justice, weeks ahead of an election in which the judiciary could play an important role.

The main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar on Friday called the president’s decision “an act of dictatorship” and “the latest action in the ongoing rape of our nation’s hard-earned democracy”.

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