SERAP Sues NYSC over Adeosun’s ‘Forged Certificate’

A civic group has sued the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) over the ‘exemption certificate’ being used by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun.

This comes after Premium Times revealed how Mrs Adeosun avoided the mandatory youth service upon graduation from the university and instead procured a forged ‘exemption certificate’ in breach of Nigerian laws.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) had earlier made a freedom of information request to the NYSC seeking details of the certificate paraded by Mrs Adeosun.

And now the civic group has sued the NYSC when the latter refused to honour the FOI demand.

“The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sued the Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Sule Kazaure, and the NYSC over “failure to publish specific documents and information on Minister of Finance Mrs Kemi Adeosun’s application for NYSC exemption, and seeking to compel them to explain if Adeosun obtained any Exemption Certificate from the NYSC,” SERAP said in a statement on the suit.

“In the suit number FHC/L/CS/1369/18 filed Tuesday at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, SERAP is seeking “an order for leave to apply for judicial review and an order of mandamus directing and/or compelling General Kazaure and the NYSC to urgently provide specific documents and information on Mrs Kemi Adeosun’s application to the NYSC for Exemption and to publish widely including on a dedicated and on the NYSC website, any such information.”

The body added that no date has been fixed for the suit.

Meanwhile, Adeosun continues to function as the Minister of Finance despite the damning revelation, while neither the president nor the police has issued a statement regarding the scandal as the nation watches in shock.

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