The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad have been charged to court over alleged falsification of age by businessman, Mr Tochi Michael. He dragged him , before an FCT High Court.
Tochi in a suit filed before the High Court in April with suit Number FCT/HC/BW/CV/79/2019, alleged that the CJN deliberately falsified his date of birth.
Michael alleged that the acting CJN, reduced his age by three year. He stated that the date of birth of the CJN as contained in his official documents dating 31 December, 1950 is different from that which he used upon his appointment as a judicial officer which is 31 December, 1953, NAN reports
The petitioner in the originating summon is praying the court to determine whether such act of the CJN does not constitute a criminal act of perjury, falsification and forgery.
Michael in the originating summon also prayed the court to determine whether by falsifying his date of birth from Dec. 31, 1950 to Dec. 31, 1953 upon being appointed to Nigeria Bench as a judicial officer he has not breached the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Plaintiff prayed the court to determine if Justice Mohammed has not breached the Code of Conduct for judicial officers and consequently brought the image of Nigeria Judiciary to a state of disrepute.
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 an order which the court may deem it fit.
The counsel to the plaintiff and the plaintiff according to the counsel to the CJN Mr Sam Ologunorisa, SAN, failed to show up in the court.
Ologunorisa asked the court to do the needful by letting justice prevail. He stressed that the plaintiff and his counsel are afraid of showing up in court following a suit filed by them.
“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 summon 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.
Justice Danlami Senchi who ruled on the prayers said that another opportunity would be given to the petitioner to appear in the court to prove the allegation.
Justice Senchi adjourned the matter until Friday and he ordered that hearing notices be served on the petitioner.
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2019 Poll: Political parties created logistics problems for us -INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that a large number of political parties that participated in the 2019 general elections created a lot of logistics problem for the commission.
Speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara state’s capital, Mohammed Haruna, the National Commissioner in charge of Kwara, Kogi and Nasarawa States, revealed that there were 799 litigations from the 2019 general elections across the country.
INEC organised a workshop in Kwara to review the 2019 general elections.
According to the National Commissioner, Jigawa had no petition from the election, Kwara had only three petitions and that Imo topped the list with 77 petitions.
Haruna, who further stated that there were over 800 million pre-election cases across the country that arose from political parties’ primary elections said something needed to be done about the numbers of the political parties registered.
“So you can see that with these kinds of problems we had, there is really a need to look at the number of political parties.
“We really need to do something about the 91 political parties, not just the quantity which generally speaking, the public has begun to complain that 93 political parties are on the high side,” he added.
While noting that 76 political parties contested for the Presidential election, he admitted that this was the source of the serious logistics problem that the commission had.
“We underestimated the kind of logistical problem that implied the size of the ballot papers, result sheets and so on.
“By the time these materials started arriving, we realise that it was a huge logistical problem.
“We are lucky, we had the Nigerian Air Force to help with the movement of the materials, they have always been helping us,” Haruna said.
“Nigerian Universities Are Slow In Discoveries,” Says Buhari
“Despite Nigeria independence for over 58 years, Nigerian Universities are slow in discoveries and intervention”
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari urges Universities across the nation to key into the efforts to be innovative through discoveries in order to help the country development at large, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
However, the Presidential representative and the former deputy Governor of Kano State, Prof. Hazif Abubakar speaks on behalf of the president at the fourth convocation of the Federal University, Dutsinma, FUDMA, Katsina state on Saturday.
Prof. Abubakar states that “Research, critical thinking, moral dispositions, discoveries, and inventions should find natural habitats in our universities, as they do in several other universities in the world.
“Universities are supposed to be strong drivers of the country’s development initiatives for sustainable development.”
“It is not heart-warming that in our over 58 years of independence, Nigerian universities are slow in discoveries and inventions.”
Mr. President said that is administration is bound to perform in the area of creating more structures and facilities across the tertiary institutions in the country. He said training acquisition program would be dispensed through various interventions program.
He also urges that FUDMA and the Sokoto River Basin Development Authority develop a smooth partnership in order to restructure the agricultural sectors and channel out scientific support to the local farmers.
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