Nigeria’s acting Chief Justice( CJN) Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has been dragged to court over alleged age falsification.
According to Agency Report, a 46-year-old businessman, Tochi Michael, has dragged the Acting CJN before an FCT High Court over allegations bordering on age falsification.
In the originating summon with suit No. FCT/HC/BW/CV/79/2019, filed before the court in April, Mr Michael alleged that the CJN deliberately falsified his date of birth.
The petitioner said 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.
Mr Michael, therefore, prays the court to determine if the alleged age falsification isn’t a criminal act of perjury, falsification and forgery.
In the originating summon, the petitioner 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 breached the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Mr Michael is also praying the court to determine whether the Acing CJN 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 offence of perjury and order which the court may deem it fit.
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 scandalise the CJN,” he argued.
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.