Certificate Forgery:Nigeria’s Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun Resigns

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69 day after she was exposed for possessing a forged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate, Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has resigned, Daily Trust reveals.

Since her NYSC certificate scandal surface, Mrs. Adeosun have been under a lot of pressure to resign her appointment.

Some commentators had also called for her to be prosecuted if the certificate scandal is true.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) had recently taken a legal action against the NYSC for refusing to give full details on the status of Adeosun’s NYSC saga.

Premium Times had on July 7, 2018 exposed Mrs. Adeosun, failure to participate in the mandatory one-year national youth service scheme.

The paper said she instead forged an exemption certificate many years after graduation.

The year-long service, organised by the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate from universities or equivalent institutions at less than 30 years of age.

In addition to being a requirement for government and private sector jobs in Nigeria, the enabling law prescribes punishment for anyone who absconds from the scheme or forges its certificates.

Eligible Nigerians who skipped the service are liable to be sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and/or N2,000 fine, according to Section 13 of the NYSC law.

Section 13 (3) of the law also prescribes three-year jail term or option of N5,000 fine for anyone who contravenes provision of the law as Mrs Adeosun has done.

Subsection 4 of the same section also criminalises giving false information or illegally obtaining the agency’s certificate. It provides for up to three-year jail term for such offenders.

Mrs Adeosun’s official credentials obtained by the paper show that the minister parades a purported NYSC exemption certificate, which was issued in September 2009, granting her exemption from the mandatory service on account of age.

Social Media Agog Over Adeosun’s Resignation

While we await the official confirmation of Mrs. Adeosun resignation, Nigerians are taking to social media to express their views on the purported resignation.

See some of their reactions below:

 

 

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