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INCORPORATED TRUSTEES OF DIGITAL RIGHTS LAWYERS INITIATIVE (Suing For And On Behalf Of Other Data Subjects In Nigeria) & ORS. V. NATIONAL IDENTITY MANAGEMENT COMMISSION

(2021) JELR 109611 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/IB/291/2020  •  24 Sep 2021  •  Nigeria

Coram
Ugochukwu Anthony Ogakwu, JCA Folasade Ayodeji Ojo, JCA Abba Bello Mohammed, JCA

Judgement

ABBA BELLO MOHAMMED, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This appeal is against the judgment of the High Court of Ogun State (hereinafter referred to as “the trial Court”) delivered in Suit No. AB/83/2020 on the 15th of July, 2020 by Honourable Justice A. A. Akinyemi, wherein the learned trial judge struck out the Applicant’s suit for want of jurisdiction.

As recast by the trial Court at page 86 of the record, the brief facts of the case as presented by the Appellant before the trial Court was that the 2nd Appellant (2nd Claimant) who had registered with the Respondent (Defendant) for the issuance of the National Identity Card was given a National Identification Number Slip which bore a month of birth different from his actual month of birth. The 2nd Appellant then applied to the Respondent for the rectification/correction of his date of birth. To have this done, the Respondent requested the 2nd Appellant to pay a fee of N15,000.00 (Fifteen Thousand Naira only), in accordance wit…

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