High Court rules on alleged age falsification suit against Acting CJN

Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has on Friday, dismissed a suit alleging that the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria [CJN], Tanko Mohammed, falsified his age.

The plaintiff, Tochi Michael, alleged that Mohammed reduced his age by three years.

Michael said, the acting CJN was born on December 31, 1950, and has instead been using December 31, 1953, as his date of birth.

Justice Danlami Senchi, while dismissing the suit, said the plaintiff does not have a locus standi to file such a suit, as he has not shown how the allegations of falsification of age will cause him any personal injury over and above the general public of Nigerians.

The court held the plaintiff did not provide any evidence to prove that Mohammed falsified his age.

Justice Senchi also said the suit in its entity, was meant to scandalise, destroy and malign the acting CJN.

He, therefore, ordered that the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court begins disciplinary action against the plaintiff’s council, Melkizadeck Zaro, for unprofessional conduct.

The court also awarded a cost of N10million against the plaintiff, which must be paid within the next three weeks.


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