Rivers CP Blames ‘Date Of Birth Error’ On Int. Passport For Controversy On True Age

The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mukan, has reacted to reports that he falsified his age to remain in the police force beyond the mandatory 60 years.


He also described as baseless, false and Ill-motivated a report accusing him of falsifying his age.

CP Mukan said the report was the handiwork of his enemies who are bent on tarnishing his image and distracting him from performing his functions effectively.

A Port Harcourt based online news platform had on Thursday, November 12th, published a report accusing him of falsifying his age.

According to the report, which cited the CP’s International passport, he was born on June 21, 1960, and was supposed to retire five months ago.

It said: “The CP reached the mandatory age in June as he was born on 21st June 1960.


According to the Police Act, an officer is due for retirement either after 35 years of service or upon attainment of 60 years of age.

The report quoted police sources as claiming that the CP falsified his service age which he reduced by two years, claiming he was born in 1962.

However, CP Mukan told the THE WHISTLER that the report was a “wicked and mischievous” story intended to pull him down and rubbish his service record.

He told THE WHISTLER that there was error in the date of birth recorded in his International passport.

He said when he realized the error, he secured an affidavit of facts dated 27th November, 2018 through a notary Public to correct the error which read 21st June, 1960 instead of 21st June 1962.


The Police boss said he was aware of the sensitivity and gravity of the error in his date of birth, which informed his decision to obtain a sworn affidavit.

Part of the affidavit of fact reads, “That this affidavit is required to correct the mistake or error on my international Passport No. A09876006 wherein my date is stated as 21st June, 1960 instead of 21st June, 1962.
That this affidavit is made for record purposes and in lieu of my birth certificate.”


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