Tanko Muhammad, the new head of Nigeria’s judiciary, has said that vicious termites destroyed his primary school certificate.
Mr. Muhammad said the termites attacked his home in Bauchi State in 1998 and gulped all papers inside beyond redemption.
“No portion of the certificate was salvaged,” Mr. Muhammad said.
The claim was included in an affidavit which the top jurist presented to the Senate last week to be confirmed as the head of the Supreme Court.
Mr. Muhammad swore the affidavit on February 13, 2002, when he was a judge at the Jos Division of the Court of Appeal. He then became a Supreme Court judge in 2007.
Mr. Muhammad, who used his early years on the bench as a Sharia court judge, instantly faced accusations of age falsification.
The claims said the justice criminally modified his date of birth by three years from December 31, 1950, to December 31,1953.
Mr Muhammad dismissed the allegations, and a federal judge later ruled on May 31 that the complainant had no rights to file the lawsuit.