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Court clears former Finance Minster, Kemi Adeosun of NYSC certificate saga

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, cleared ex-Finance Ministers, Kemi Adeosun, of the saga over her participation or otherwise in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.

In a judgment today, Justice Taiwo Taiwo held that Adeosun was not qualified to have participated in NYSC at 22, as she was a British citizen.

Taiwo further held that when she formally returned to the country 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 Corpse scheme, established by the National Youth Service Corps Act, CAP N8, LFN, 2004.”

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