Prove you are Balewa’s son, court tells defendant



An FCT High Court judge in Nyanya Abuja, Justice Peter Kekemeke on Thursday gave order that one Abdujalil Balewa should produce the originals of documents he seeks to tender in court to prove that he is the son of late Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.

Balewa was brought to the court by his siblings claiming that he was not the son of the late Prime Minister.

Mukhtar, Saddik and Umar, all children of the late premier, instituted a suit before justice Kekemeke claiming that Abduljalil was not their brother.

The plaintiffs, therefore, sought the order of the court for a declaration that the defendant was never a son or grandson of the late Prime Minister.

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They also sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant by himself, agents or servants from referring to himself as the son or grandson or blood relation of Sir Balewa.

In addition, they sought a public apology and retraction of all previous claims by the defendant in the print and electronic media that he is the son or grandson of the late premier

At the hearing on Friday, the defendant’s counsel, Nnaemeka Otagburuagu sought to tender the defendant’s indigeneship certificate in evidence, but the claimants’ counsel, Henry Okoro, had objected claiming that it was a photocopy and not admissible.

Consequently, the judge, relying on section 104 of the Evidence Act, rejected the document, saying it was not admissible in evidence.

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The judge thereafter ordered that the original copies be produced on the 23rd May, the adjourned date for the continuation of the case.



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