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NYSC certificate scandal: Court asked to order ex-minister Adeosun’s arrest

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NYSC certificate scandal: Court asked to order ex-minister Adeosun’s arrest

 

Former Minister of Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun’s acquittal on allegation of using a forged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Exemption Certificate to procure appointment, may be short-lived if a federal high court accedes to a plea by a group to order her arrest over the same allegation.

Adeosun, buffeted by the allegation of presenting false NYSC Exemption Certificate, having not observed the mandatory one-year programme for tertiary education graduates under 30 years old, had resigned her appointment as minister in September 2018.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, had in a Wednesday, July 7, 2021 judgment held that Mrs. Adeosun was not qualified to have participated in the scheme when she graduated at 22 years, because she was then a British citizen.

The judge further held that as at when she formally returned to Nigeria, and became a Nigerian citizen, at over 30 years, she was no longer eligible to present herself for the NYSC service.

In the new suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/732/2021 between Incorporated Trustees of Global Integrity Crusade Network (GICN) and Director-General, Department of State Services, Inspector-General of Police and Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, GICN is asking the court for an order to compel the DSS and the police to arrest Adeosun.

The plaintiff, through its lawyer, Esther Wuese Iorhuna, prayed for an injunction restraining Adeosun from travelling out of the country to take refuge in another country.

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The plaintiff prayed the court for the following reliefs:

“A declaration that the 1st and 2nd Defendants (DG DSS and IGP) are under legal duty to arrest and prosecute Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, for fraudulently using a fake National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Exemption Certificate and intentionally giving false evidence before Ogun State House of Assembly as well as the 1st Defendant between 2011 to 2015 for purposes of screening into the positions of Commissioner of Finance and Minister of Finance, respectively.

“A declaration that the action of the 1st and 2nd defendants by refusing, failing and or neglecting to arrest and prosecute Mrs. Kemi Adeosun sued herein as 3rd defendant for having fraudulently used a fake National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Exemption Certificate and intentionally given false evidence before Ogun State House of Assembly as well as the 1st Defendant between 2011 to 2015 for purposes of screening into the positions of Commissioner of Finance and Minister of Finance, respectively portrays her as a sacred cow and tantamount to dereliction of duties imposed on the 1st and 294 Defendants under the relevant laws.

“An order of mandamus compelling the 1st and 2nd defendants to perform their legal duties under Sections 1, 2 (3) and 8 of the National Security Agencies Act, 1 and 86 read together with Instrument No. 1 of 1999 as well as Section 4 of the Police Act, 2020 by forthwith arresting and prosecuting Mrs. Kemi Adeosun sued herein as 3rd defendant for fraudulently using a fake National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Exemption Certificate and intentionally giving false evidence before Ogun State House of Assembly as well as the 1st Defendant between 2011 to 2015 for purposes of screening into the positions of Commissioner of Finance and Minister of Finance, respectively.”

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