Kemi Adeosun didn’t need NYSC certificate to hold public office — Court

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A federal high court in Abuja has ruled that Kemi Adeosun, former minister of finance, had no obligation to produce a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate to enable her to hold public office in Nigeria.

However, the court was silent on the allegation that she forged the certificate. Recall that Adeosun resigned as minister in 2018 over the allegation of a forged NYSC certificate she presented as part of her credentials.

But delivering ruling in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/303/21 brought by Wole Olanipekun, a senior lawyer, on behalf of the former minister, Taiwo Taiwo, the judge, held that the former minister does not require an NYSC certificate to hold public office.

In the originating summons before the court, Adeosun through her counsel had argued that as of 1989, when she graduated from the University of East London, United Kingdom the constitution in force in Nigeria, was the 1979 constitution.

Consequently, the court ruled 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 Corps Scheme, established by the National Youth Service Corps Act, CAP N84, LFN 2004.”

The judge also granted a declaration that “the plaintiff cannot be subjected to any penalty, forfeiture or put under any encumbrance in relation to her occupation or assumption of any of the following public offices, created by the Constitution.”