NYSC certificate scandal: Kemi Adeosun gets last laugh as Court rules

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Embattled former Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has been cleared of any wrongdoing by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja over her NYSC certificate controversy that led to her resignation from office in 2018.

Delivering judgement on Wednesday, Justice Taiwo Taiwo held that Adeosun was not qualified to have participated in the scheme when she graduated at 22 years old because she was then a British citizen.

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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.

Justice Taiwo said the plaintiff or anyone 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 judgment was on a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/303/2021 filed by Adeosun, with the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) as the sole defendant.

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 Corps scheme, established by the National Youth Service Corps Act, CAP N8, LFN, 2004.”