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UK says Nigeria judge suspension risks perceived credibility of polls

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain expressed concern on Saturday over the suspension of Nigeria’s top judge by President Muhammadu Buhari, three weeks ahead of a Feb. 16 presidential election.

“We are compelled to observe that the timing of this action, so close to national elections, gives cause for concern,” a British government statement said.

“It risks affecting both domestic and international perceptions on the credibility of the forthcoming elections.”

(Reporting by Costas Pitas, Editing by William Maclean)

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