Allegation of Age falsification: Lawyer writes Ondo Judiciary Chief Registrar

An Akure-Based legal practitioner, Barrister Femi Emmanuel Emodamori has written the Chief Registrar, Ondo State Judiciary, Mrs. Ajibade Bolatito, on an urgent need for her to clear, cogent and convincing denial to the allegation of age falsification and/or use of dual official age(s).

In a letter addressed to her Mrs Ajibade and dated 3rd November, 2021, Emodamori said “this, in my opinion, calls for an urgent, clear, cogent and convincing denial, in view of your highly sensitive position as the Chief Registrar of the Ondo State Judiciary and one of the judicial officers recently nominated for appointment as a Judge of the Federal High Court.”

“The totality of information and documents at my disposal reveals the following strong prima facts:
You personally filled and submitted an application form to the Ondo State Judicial Service Commission in 1996, declaring that you were born on 24th April, 1964 and that your age, as at then, was 32 ½ years.

Reacting in a telephone interview with our correspondent, Mrs Ajibade said she was yet to see the letter, noting that as a public servant, she would wait for the relevant authorities and her boss to treat the letter and do the right thing on the letter.

“The letter has been addressed to my boss, let him treat it first. You know i am a civil servant, let my boss do what is appropriate on it please,” Mrs Ajibade said.

The letter was copied to the Ondo State Chief Judge as well as the State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General.

Below is the full text of the letter;

RE: ALLEGATION OF AGE FALSIFICATION AND/OR USE OF DUAL OFFICIAL AGE(S); AN URGENT NEED FOR YOUR CLEAR, COGENT AND CONVINCING DENIAL

FEE/ODSJ/CR/7/0021

The Chief Registrar, Ondo State Judiciary
(Mrs. Ajibade Bolatito)
Office of the Chief Registrar
Ondo State High Court Complex
Hospital Road, Akure.

The Hon. Chief Registrar,

RE: ALLEGATION OF AGE FALSIFICATION AND/OR USE OF DUAL OFFICIAL AGE(S); AN URGENT NEED FOR YOUR CLEAR, COGENT AND CONVINCING DENIAL

I hereby respectfully notify you that I have received some seriously disturbing information, backed by ex facie strong documentary evidence, suggesting that you might have perpetrated official age falsifications and are currently using dual or multiple official age(s).

This, in my opinion, calls for an urgent, clear, cogent and convincing denial, in view of your highly sensitive position as the Chief Registrar of the Ondo State Judiciary and one of the judicial officers recently nominated for appointment as a Judge of the Federal High Court.

The totality of information and documents at my disposal reveals the following strong prima facts:
You personally filled and submitted an application form to the Ondo State Judicial Service Commission in 1996, declaring that you were born on 24th April, 1964 and that your age, as at then, was 32 ½ years. I have attached a copy of the application form for appointment as Annexure A. You were consequently appointed as a Senior Magistrate II.

In 2016, twenty (20) years after your appointment, you submitted another application to the Judicial Service Commission for correction of your date of birth, claiming that your correct date of birth was 24th April, 1966, and that your “uncle” erroneously documented 24th April, 1964 as your date of birth. You claimed to have only discovered this when you were already Fifty-Two (52) years old.

Interestingly, you accompanied your application for change or correction of date of birth with a “Certificate of Registration of Birth” supposedly (or purportedly) issued by the Ibadan City Council in 1968, a copy of which I have attached hereto as Annexure B.

Acting on your application, and apparently giving you the benefit of doubt, the Ondo State Judicial Service Commission granted your application for correction of date of birth from 24th April, 1964 to 24th April, 1966, with retrospective effect in the calculation of your length of service.

I have attached as Annexures C and D, a letter written in November 2016 to the Judicial Service Commission by the then Chief Registrar on the strength of the (mis)information you supplied, and the approval letter respectively of your request by the Judicial Service Commission vide a letter dated January 3, 2017.

Instructively, in all your other official documents, including your International Passport No. A09401646 which you renewed in 2018 (two years after applying to the Judicial Service Commission for ‘correction’ of your date of birth), you still declared and/or retained 24th April, 1964 as your real age. I have also attached the information page of your International Passport as Annexure E.

As a judicial officer, you would agree with me that the inevitable conclusion to be drawn from the above pieces of documentary evidence is that you are consciously declaring and using dual or possibly multiple official age(s).

With due respect, there is no way these dual or multiple official age(s) could be true; one or some of them must have been falsified, an act which constitutes a crime under S. 25 of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act, 2000 as well as S.192 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
However, even the Omniscient (all-knowing) God would not conclude and condemn any man on an issue without first hearing his own side.

This is evident in His encounter with Adam and Eve in Genesis Chapter 3, and I believe it was for this reason that the Bible also admonishes us in John 7:51 not to judge any man until we hear him.

Admittedly, you are a high profile figure by virtue of your highly sensitive position as the Chief Registrar of the Ondo State Judiciary, and your recent nomination for appointment as a Federal High Court Judge. Necessity therefore demands that you promptly make a clear public statement on the above allegations, which are fast dominating gossips even at construction sites and local markets, within 24 hours from the receipt of this letter.

I am sure your anticipated prompt response would reassure Nigerians that you could be trusted with the requisite integrity for the discharge of the duties of your esteemed current office and the greater office of a Judge of the Federal High Court, which you are seeking appointment to, particularly in view of the fact that you had been found wanting of similar infractions of the law and consequently dismissed as the Secretary of the National Judicial Institute in 2010 by the then Chief Justice of Nigeria, My Lord Hon.

Justice Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu, as the Chairman of the Institute, before you were re-integrated into the Ondo State Judiciary.
Please accept my highest regards.

FEMI EMMANUEL EMODAMORI

Cc:

1. My Lord the Hon. Chief Judge of Ondo State
   Office of the Honourable Chief Judge
   Ondo State High Court Complex
   Akure.

2. The Hon. Ondo State Attorney-General
    & Commissioner for Justice
    Ondo State Ministry of Justice.

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An Akure-Based legal practitioner, Barrister Femi Emmanuel Emodamori has written the Chief Registrar, Ondo State Judiciary, Mrs. Ajibade Bolatito, on an urgent need for her to clear, cogent and convincing denial to the allegation of age falsification and/or use of dual official age(s).

In a letter addressed to her Mrs Ajibade and dated 3rd November, 2021, Emodamori said “this, in my opinion, calls for an urgent, clear, cogent and convincing denial, in view of your highly sensitive position as the Chief Registrar of the Ondo State Judiciary and one of the judicial officers recently nominated for appointment as a Judge of the Federal High Court.”

“The totality of information and documents at my disposal reveals the following strong prima facts:
You personally filled and submitted an application form to the Ondo State Judicial Service Commission in 1996, declaring that you were born on 24th April, 1964 and that your age, as at then, was 32 ½ years.

Reacting in a telephone interview with our correspondent, Mrs Ajibade said she was yet to see the letter, noting that as a public servant, she would wait for the relevant authorities and her boss to treat the letter and do the right thing on the letter.

“The letter has been addressed to my boss, let him treat it first. You know i am a civil servant, let my boss do what is appropriate on it please,” Mrs Ajibade said.

The letter was copied to the Ondo State Chief Judge as well as the State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General.

Below is the full text of the letter;

RE: ALLEGATION OF AGE FALSIFICATION AND/OR USE OF DUAL OFFICIAL AGE(S); AN URGENT NEED FOR YOUR CLEAR, COGENT AND CONVINCING DENIAL

FEE/ODSJ/CR/7/0021

The Chief Registrar, Ondo State Judiciary
(Mrs. Ajibade Bolatito)
Office of the Chief Registrar
Ondo State High Court Complex
Hospital Road, Akure.

The Hon. Chief Registrar,

RE: ALLEGATION OF AGE FALSIFICATION AND/OR USE OF DUAL OFFICIAL AGE(S); AN URGENT NEED FOR YOUR CLEAR, COGENT AND CONVINCING DENIAL

I hereby respectfully notify you that I have received some seriously disturbing information, backed by ex facie strong documentary evidence, suggesting that you might have perpetrated official age falsifications and are currently using dual or multiple official age(s).

This, in my opinion, calls for an urgent, clear, cogent and convincing denial, in view of your highly sensitive position as the Chief Registrar of the Ondo State Judiciary and one of the judicial officers recently nominated for appointment as a Judge of the Federal High Court.

The totality of information and documents at my disposal reveals the following strong prima facts:
You personally filled and submitted an application form to the Ondo State Judicial Service Commission in 1996, declaring that you were born on 24th April, 1964 and that your age, as at then, was 32 ½ years. I have attached a copy of the application form for appointment as Annexure A. You were consequently appointed as a Senior Magistrate II.

In 2016, twenty (20) years after your appointment, you submitted another application to the Judicial Service Commission for correction of your date of birth, claiming that your correct date of birth was 24th April, 1966, and that your “uncle” erroneously documented 24th April, 1964 as your date of birth. You claimed to have only discovered this when you were already Fifty-Two (52) years old.

Interestingly, you accompanied your application for change or correction of date of birth with a “Certificate of Registration of Birth” supposedly (or purportedly) issued by the Ibadan City Council in 1968, a copy of which I have attached hereto as Annexure B.

Acting on your application, and apparently giving you the benefit of doubt, the Ondo State Judicial Service Commission granted your application for correction of date of birth from 24th April, 1964 to 24th April, 1966, with retrospective effect in the calculation of your length of service.

I have attached as Annexures C and D, a letter written in November 2016 to the Judicial Service Commission by the then Chief Registrar on the strength of the (mis)information you supplied, and the approval letter respectively of your request by the Judicial Service Commission vide a letter dated January 3, 2017.

Instructively, in all your other official documents, including your International Passport No. A09401646 which you renewed in 2018 (two years after applying to the Judicial Service Commission for ‘correction’ of your date of birth), you still declared and/or retained 24th April, 1964 as your real age. I have also attached the information page of your International Passport as Annexure E.

As a judicial officer, you would agree with me that the inevitable conclusion to be drawn from the above pieces of documentary evidence is that you are consciously declaring and using dual or possibly multiple official age(s).

With due respect, there is no way these dual or multiple official age(s) could be true; one or some of them must have been falsified, an act which constitutes a crime under S. 25 of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act, 2000 as well as S.192 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
However, even the Omniscient (all-knowing) God would not conclude and condemn any man on an issue without first hearing his own side.

This is evident in His encounter with Adam and Eve in Genesis Chapter 3, and I believe it was for this reason that the Bible also admonishes us in John 7:51 not to judge any man until we hear him.

Admittedly, you are a high profile figure by virtue of your highly sensitive position as the Chief Registrar of the Ondo State Judiciary, and your recent nomination for appointment as a Federal High Court Judge. Necessity therefore demands that you promptly make a clear public statement on the above allegations, which are fast dominating gossips even at construction sites and local markets, within 24 hours from the receipt of this letter.

I am sure your anticipated prompt response would reassure Nigerians that you could be trusted with the requisite integrity for the discharge of the duties of your esteemed current office and the greater office of a Judge of the Federal High Court, which you are seeking appointment to, particularly in view of the fact that you had been found wanting of similar infractions of the law and consequently dismissed as the Secretary of the National Judicial Institute in 2010 by the then Chief Justice of Nigeria, My Lord Hon.

Justice Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu, as the Chairman of the Institute, before you were re-integrated into the Ondo State Judiciary.
Please accept my highest regards.

FEMI EMMANUEL EMODAMORI

Cc:

1. My Lord the Hon. Chief Judge of Ondo State
   Office of the Honourable Chief Judge
   Ondo State High Court Complex
   Akure.

2. The Hon. Ondo State Attorney-General
    & Commissioner for Justice
    Ondo State Ministry of Justice.

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