The Chief Inspector of Courts and President, Special Grade of the Delta State Customary Court, His Honour D.S.O Unuame (Mrs.) has written to the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) demanding for immediate retirement of Elizabeth Uviarherhe Omoru from the service of the Delta State Judicial Service Commission for serial alterations of date of birth.
The National Judicial Commission, Abuja was also copied for immediate action.
The letter from the complainant counsel, Olukunle Ogheneovo Edun, a Senior Partner and Head of Litigation, Tri-lex Partners which was addressed to the Chairman of ICPC, dated 14th May, 2019 and made available to TheNigerialawyer(TNL), is among others requesting the commission to act urgently and to ensure that Elizabeth Uviarherhe Omoru is directed to refund all the salaries, allowances and other perks of office paid to her or collected by her, commencing from 2nd day of November, 2016. Also that any other person involved should be prosecuted for falsifying/altering official records for personal gain or any other offence disclosed in the petition.
The letter reads: “That Mrs. Elizabeth Uviarherhe Omoru, (formerly, acting Chief Registrar, Delta State Court of Appeal but now, Deputy Chief Registrar, Delta state Court of Appeal) was employed into the service of Delta State Judicial Service Commission in May, 2006, and the official records furnished by her at the time of entry point indicated that she was born on the 2nd day if November,1956, and was therefore due for retirement in November, 2016 when she ought to be 60 years old.
“That in 2016, the position of the Chief Registrar of Delta State Customary Court of Appeal became vacant and there was need to fill same. The year saw the mutilations and falsification of the record by certain government officials with a view to enhancing the opportunity of one of their own.
“That Mrs. Elizabeth Uviarherhe Omoru ought to have retired by November, 2016 but surprisingly about 6 months to her retirement were surreptitiously initiated and exchanged with the speed of light, all with a view to ensuring that her newly discovered date of birth of 2nd day of November, 1960 was properly documented to prolong her stay in service and to enhance her chance of being substantive Chief Registrar of Delta State Customary Court of Appeal. As at this time she was Acting in that capacity. It is on record that during her service period and within a space of 3 years, she altered her age 3 times progressively form 1956 to 1958 and again, 1960.
“That Mrs. Elizabeth Uviarherhe Omoru had her uncle, one Johnson Ukugbawa Ezeyighu to depose to another affidavit on the 6th day of March, 2013 stating that her formal date of birth of 2nd November, 1956 was guess work and her true date of birth is 2nd November, 1960. The uncle did not State that the “2nd of November,” date was also a guess work; the uncle was also silent on the earlier altered date of birth of 2nd November, 1958 for which there was no affidavit to support same. Surprisingly, the said uncle did not State the source and circumstances under which he came across the information Stated in the affidavit.
“Based on her “new date of birth” of 2nd November, 1960, and going by her educational history in her application form into the civil service, Mrs. Elizabeth Omoru stated that her father was a civil servant and never claimed that he was deceased as at the time her mother deposed to the affidavit on the 6th day of August, 1981.
“It is instructive to also state that as at 2008, Mrs. Elizabeth Uviarherhe Omoru by her letter dated 23rd March, 2016 to the Head of Service, Delta State had already admitted that her 3rd date of birth of the 2nd November, 1960, was apparently smuggled into Delta State Public Service Records without requisite approval. This is because she did not make any affidavit to effect this change of date of birth in 2008, considering the fact that the purported affirmative of her “uncle” stating that her 3rd date of birth was made on the 6th day of March, 2013.
“The question is, how did she hack into the Heckerbella system to backdate her record and alter her date of birth? Why procure an affidavit to pretentiously regularize what actually been unlawfully done in 2008?
“It is important to state that Mrs. Elizabeth Omoru had earlier made failed attempts to alter her age but her application was rejected on the 15th day of August, 2013 by the Delta State Directorate of Establishment and Pension vide its letter referenced ED.39/64/7.
“Interestingly, the 2nd Age Declaration of her “Uncle” was made on the 6th day of March, 2013. It would therefore be right to state that this new affidavit was presented to the Directorate of Establishment and Pensions and it was rejected. It becomes more surprising that she re-applied again but deliberately refused to state this fact in her latest application for change of birth.
“It is obvious that the entire process was a charade and had fraud written all over it. The rush and speed with which the alterations were processed were self-revealing and given them out.
“It is very bewildering that as at 24th May, 2016, the office of Delta State Head of Service had pre-emptively replied a letter from the office of the Chief Registrar, Delta State Customary Court of Appeal dated 30th day of May, 2016, in respect of this subject. This must be a legal “abracadabra”.
“Let us look at the jet speed with which her application was treated and closed out. Her application dated 23rd March, 2016, tagged “RE: ERROR IN AGE OF MRS ELIZABETH OMORU” from the office of the Head of Service to the Chief Registrar, Customary Court of Appeal, Asaba, dated May, 24th, 2016 requested for her personal file to be forwarded to the office of the head of service and another letter confirmed that Mrs Elizabeth’s Uviarherhe Omoru’s application was forwarded to the Head of Service on the 25th of May, 2016 and the said application was approved by the Head of Service and it reads:
“Based on the advice from the Ministry of Justice that the second sworn affidavit tendered by Mrs. Elizabeth Omoru indicating 2nd November, 1960 as date of birth is tenable in law by virtue of Section 118 of the Evidence Act, thus nullifying the first sworn affidavit with the 2nd November, 1956, as her date of birth.
“It is on record that the person that made the first affidavit was the mother of Mrs. Elizabeth Omoru, Mrs Rose Akpajawor, and it was deposed to on the 6th day of August, 1981 at the Registry of the Magistrate Court, Benin. The person that made the 2nd affidavit is one Johnson Ukugbawa Ezeyighu who deposed to same on the 6th day of August, 2013 at the Registry of the Magistrate Court, Effurun about 38 years after making the previous affidavit.
“The 2nd affidavit mentioned the name of Elizabeth Omoru mother as one Mrs. COMODA AKPAJAWOR (Nee Ezeyighu) and nowhere in the affidavit of the mother of Mrs Elizabeth Omoru, the name, Mrs COMODA AKPAJAWOR (Nee Ezeyighu) mentioned. It is obvious that the deponent in the 2nd affidavit was talking about a completely different person and affidavit entirely.
“Therefore, the affidavit of Johnson Ukugbawa Ezeyighu who deposed to same on the 6th day of August, 2013 cannot and can never nullify or supersede the affidavit of Mrs Rose Akpajawor deposed to in the 6th day of August, 1981.
“Considering the history of the fraudulent schemes and the pre-emptive approval which was probably done in concert with other government officials, Mrs. Elizabeth Omoru, new age of birth eventually became the 2nd November, 1960 and now due to retire on the 2nd November, 2020, instead of 2nd November, 2016.
“It is no longer news that the alterations and falsification of date of birth and official records by the civil servant seems to be the norm in the public service and this compelled the office of the Head of Service, Delta State to issue circular NOHOS/30/T1/21 titled, “Lobbying for Appointments and Falsification of Officia Records.
“Alteration/falsification of Official records is a very serious offence and when it is intended by a public offiicer to achieve personal gain, as in the extant case, it becomes a very serious official Corruption. Mrs Elizabeth Omoru continues to still be in service of the Delta State Judicial Service Commission and being paid salaries, allowances, and perks of the office from the treasury of the Delta State. Her date of birth was altered three times to achieve these personal gains to the detriment of the tax paying public.
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