Age falsification: Court slams N10m fine on accuser of CJN, dismisses suit

Age falsification: Court slams N10m fine on accuser of CJN, dismisses suit

- The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the age falsification suit against the acting CJN Justice Tanko Mohammed

- Tochi Micheal, the plaintiff, accused the CJN of reducing his age by three years but the court said the case lacked evidence

- The court awarded N10 million against the plaintiff with a deadline of three weeks to pay the sum

The Federal High Court sitting in Jabi area of Abuja has dismissed a suit alleging that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Mohammed, falsified his age.

The plaintiff, Tochi Michael, accused the CJN of reducing his age by three years. Micheal alleged that the CJN was born on Sunday, December 31, 1950, but has been using Thursday, December 31, 1953 as date of birth.

Channels TV reports that Justice Danlami Senchi dismissed the suit on Friday, May 31, saying the plaintiff does not have the locus standi to file such suit as he could not prove how the age falsification will cause personal harm to him or the general public.

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The court also said Micheal did not say how he came about the fact that the CJN lied about his age as there was no document to show that.

The judge, therefore, said that the aim of the suit was to destroy and malign the acting CJN.

Justice Senchi also ordered disciplinary action against the plaintiff counsel, Melkizadeck Zaro, for his unprofessional conduct.

The court also awarded N10 million against the plaintiff with a payment deadline of three weeks.

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Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Court fixed Friday, May 31, to give its verdict following an age falsification suit filed against the acting CJN.

During the court proceeding, Sam Ologunorisa, counsel to Mohammed, told the judge that just like in the sitting on Tuesday, May 21, the plaintiff and his counsel were no where to be found without prior notice.

He said: “It was on record that this court, in ensuring fairness, equity and above all fair hearing, decided that the plaintiff be given another opportunity to appear in court to put a face to the processes filed."

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