Following the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the Chief Justice of Nigeria on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari swore in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the acting CJN.

Shortly afterwards, there came up observations about some seeming discrepancy in age regarding the acting CJN.

Information as stated on the official website of the Supreme Court has it that 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.

This would imply he was less than one year when he began his primary education.

However, the Supreme Court of Nigeria Director of information, Dr Festus Aweneri has made some clarifications, stating that the jurist was born in 1954 and not 1958 and that he started his primary school education in 1959.

He made available official document to back this up, vis-a-vis the resume in the official record of the Supreme Court in respect of the jurist, to douse the tension raised.

The resume which emerged from the official record of the Supreme Court has it that 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, after which he moved to Muslim Modern School from 1967 to 1969.

Recall that less than 24 hours after he was sworn into office as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), speculations came up about whether Justice Olukayode Ariwoola might have entered into a scandal of age falsification

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