Crime & Law

Acting CJN dragged to court over alleged age falsification

Acting CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad
Acting CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad
The Gazette Staff
Written by The Gazette Staff

A 46-year-old businessman, Tochi Michael, has dragged the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, before an FCT High Court over alleged age falsification.

In the originating summon with suit No. FCT/HC/BW/CV/79/2019, filed before the court in April, the petitioner alleged that the CJN deliberately falsified his date of birth.

Mr. Michael alleged that the CJN falsified his date of birth from December 31, 1950, as contained in all his official records including that of WAEC to December 31, 1953, upon his appointment as a judicial officer.

The petitioner in the originating summons is praying the court to determine whether such act of the CJN does not constitute a criminal act of perjury, falsification, and forgery.

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Mr. Michael in the originating summons also prayed the court to determine whether by falsifying his date of birth from December 31, 1950, to December 31, 1953, upon being appointed to Nigeria Bench as a judicial officer he has not to breach the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The petitioner is also praying the court to determine whether Mr. Muhammad has not breached the Code of Conduct for judicial officers and consequently brought the image of Nigeria Judiciary to a state of disrepute and odium.

The petitioner in his reliefs is praying the court for a declaration that the defendant falsified his date of birth and that the defendant has desecrated the breach of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN).

He is also praying for an order directing the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to prosecute the defendant for the offense of perjury and order which the court may deem it fit.

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Counsel to the CJN, Sam Ologunorisa, SAN, informed the court that the plaintiff and his counsel were not in the court.

Mr. Ologunorisa told the court that it seems the plaintiff and his counsel were “running away” from the suit they filed, stressing that the court should do the needful in the interest of justice.

“We on our part filed a notice of preliminary objection, a counter affidavit, and a written address. We urge the court to deem it fit that the originating summons has been argued.

“We have to look at exhibit III of the originating summon.

“We urge the court to dismiss the suit. The case is meant to scandalize the CJN,” he argued.

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Ruling on the prayers, the judge, Danlami Senchi, of the court said another opportunity would be given to the petitioner to appear in the court to prove the allegation.

Mr. Senchi adjourned the matter until Friday.

He ordered that hearing notices be served on the petitioner.

(NAN)

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