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Court Clears Adeosun, Says NYSC Certificate Not A Requirement To Hold Public Office

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Kemi Adeosun

A Federal High Court, presided by Justice Taiwo Taiwo on Wednesday cleared former Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun of any certificate forgery.

Ruling on a case FHC ABJ/CS/303/21, brought by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), on behalf of Adeosun, Justice Taiwo held that NYSC certificate is not a mandatory requirement for holding a political office in the country, going by the provisions in the constitution.

Adeosun was the plaintiff in the suit, while the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) was the sole defendant.

Justice Taiwo said the plaintiff or anyone else did not require a discharge certificate of NYSC to qualify to contest election to the House of Representatives or be appointed a Minister in Nigeria.

The Justice held that 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 not eligible to present herself for the NYSC service.

The judge proceeded to grant the four reliefs sought by the plaintiff, to include “a declaration that the plaintiff, being a United Kingdom citizen as at 1989 when she graduated from the University of East London, London, United Kingdom at the age of 22 years, was ineligible to participate in the National Youth Service Corpse scheme, established by the National Youth Service Corps Act, CAP N8, LFN, 2004.

Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has today absolved the former Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, of blame in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate controversy, which resulted in her resignation in 2018.It would be recalled that Adeosun resigned in 2018 over allegation that she forged her NYSC certificate

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