Wednesday, June 5, 2013

UNBELIEVABLE!! Did Tinubu Forge His Certificate? [SEE DETAILS]

Justice Saliu Seidu of a Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday rejected an application filed by one Dr. Adegbola Dominic, asking the court to compel the Inspector- General of Police (IG) and the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State to re-open the case of false statement on oath and false declarations initially lodged by the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, against former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The applicant, (Dominic) had in a motion ex-parte brought pursuant to Sections, 6, 214, 215 of the Constitution as well as Order 34 Rule 3 of Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2009 and Section 4 of Police Act, sought leave of the court to serve the Motion of Notice and other court processes on the Inspector-General of Police through the Lagos annex office. But, Justice Seidu in his ruling that lasted less than 30 minutes held that the applicant was out of time in filing the application. The court held that Section 34 Rule 4 of Federal High Court stipulates that such application must be brought within six months after Tinubu vacated office as governor of Lagos State. Justice Seidu held that; “The applicant did not do anything since 2007 till now. There is need to comply with stipulated rules of court. This matter is grossly out of time and the prayer sought cannot be granted, it is hereby refused.” The applicant had in his motion ex-parte dated December 27, 2012, filed by his lawyer, R. Gilbert, sought for an order of mandamus compelling the IG and the Commissioner of Police Lagos State to investigate forthwith his application and the application filed by late Gani Fawehinmi over complaint of crime allegedly committed by Tinubu. The applicant wants the court to declare that the police have statutory power to investigate crime and bring suspects before a court of competent jurisdiction. In a 15-paragraph affidavit in support of the motion deposed to by the applicant, he averred that sometimes and prior to 1999 governorship elections of Lagos State conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Tinubu, then a candidate, filed together with INEC Form (F001), an affidavit on oath in respect of lost certificates before the Commissioner for Oaths at the High Court of Lagos State, Ikeja on December 29, 1998. The deponent further stated that the affidavit on oath allegedly sworn to by Tinubu contained the following; “That he (Tinubu) attended St. Paul School Aroloya, Lagos Island which school never existed. “That the deponent attended Government College, Ibadan between 1965 and 1968, a claim which the authorities and Old Boys’ Association of Government College, Ibadan debunked. “That the deponent attended Richard Dale College, Chicago between 1968 and 1971 which he did not. “That the deponent attended the University of Chicago in the United States between 1972 and 1976 and obtained a B.Sc. degree in economics which claim was allegedly false. The applicant added that when the late Fawehinmi initiated a suit in court in 1999 for an order of mandamus to compel the police to investigate the criminal allegations, the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court held that Bola Tinubu, then governor of Lagos State by virtue of Section 308 (1) (a) (b) (c) of the 1999 Constitution enjoyed immunity from civil and criminal investigations and proceedings. The applicant averred that Tinubu had left office as governor since 2007 and no longer enjoys immunity hence the police ought to have commenced investigation on the alleged crime. He added that he wrote a letter to the Inspector-General of Police (1st respondent) on November 1, 2012 asking him to reopen the case, but he bluntly refused hence he filed the suit to compel the respondents perform their statutory duties.

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