The Federal High Court, Abuja, has ruled that ex-Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun does not need the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate to hold a political office.
Adeosun resigned her appointment as minister and left for the United Kingdom in 2018 following scoops that the NYSC exemption certificate she carries was fake.
In a ruling on the originating summons with suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/303/21 brought by Wole Olanipekun, on behalf of the ex-Minister, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, held that the NYSC certificate based on the constitution was not a mandatory requirement to hold a political office in the country.
The judge posited that Mrs Adeosun, as of the time she graduated from a UK university at 22 in 1989, was a British citizen who was not qualified to participate in the scheme.
He added that when she returned to Nigeria and became a Nigerian citizen at over 30 years old, she was no longer eligible to participate in the NYSC scheme.
The court’s ruling was, however, silent on the forgery angle to her case.
While Adeosun was the plaintiff in the suit, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, was the sole defendant.