Nigeria’s Chief Justice Says Termites Ate His School Certificate – Premium Times

The newly appointed Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, has disclosed that vicious termites, which invaded his home in Bauchi in 1988, destroyed his First Leaving School certificate and some other documents.

According to Mohammad, no portion of the primary school certificate was salvaged.

The claim was contained in an affidavit which he submitted to the Senate last week to be confirmed as the head of the Supreme Court.

Premium Times reported that that specific affidavit has been circulating on social media since Monday night bus has obtained additional credentials relating to Muhammadu’s confirmation from parliamentary sources.

He swore the affidavit on the 13th of February, 2002, while he was a judge at the Jos Division of the Court of Appeal.

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammad. Photo: Daily Post Nigeria
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammad. Photo: Daily Post Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari nominated Tanko Muhammad as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) after he controversially removed Walter Onnoghen before the 2019 General Elections.

The new appointed CJN, who spent his early years on the bench as a Sharia Court Judge, immediately faced allegations of age falsification. It was claim that he altered his date of birth by three years from December 31, 1950 to December 31, 1953.

The CJN denied all allegations and a Federal Judge later ruled on May 31 that the complainant had no rights to file the lawsuit.

The court also made it known that there was no evidence to back the claim against Muhammad and scolded the complainant, who is said to be an Abuja-based lawyer, as filing the case to ridicule Muhammad’s public image as an honourable man.


Tanko Muhammad was confirmed by the Senate on the 17th of July, 2019 following a dramatic hearing that was overshadowed by his incoherent response to a question about the Supreme Court’s long-standing principle on legal technicalities.

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