Supreme Court clears dispute in Ag. CJN Ariwoola’s age



The Supreme Court has cleared the air on the inconsistency in the age record of the newly sworn in Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola.

On the official website of the Supreme Court, Justice Ariwoola was born in Iseyin, Oyo state, on August 22, 1958 and began his primary education in 1959 at the Local Authority Demonstration School, Oluwole, in his hometown.



Specifically, the details on the website suggested that he was less than one year when he began his primary education.

But the Director of Information of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Dr Festus Aweneri said the jurist was born in 1954 and not 1958 and that he started his primary school education in 1959.

He exhibited the resume in the official record of the Supreme Court in respect of the jurist to douse the tension raised.

It would be recalled that less than 24 hours after he was sworn into office as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), there were rumours that Justice Olukayode Ariwoola might have entered into a scandal of age falsification.

But the resume which emerged from the official record of the Supreme Court on the issue said the CJN was born on the 22nd of August 1954 in Oke Ogun Area of Oyo state, and commenced his education at Local Authority Demonstration Primary School from 1959 to 1966, from whence he moved to Muslim Modern School from 1967 to 1969.

According to the resumè, he had University education at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) between 1977 and 1980, and then proceed to the Nigeria Law School in 1980.

He was called to the Bar in July 1981.


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