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The presidency has stated that it was yet to be briefed about the alleged forgery of National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) discharge certificate by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.

The presidency has stated that it was yet to be briefed about the alleged forgery of National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) discharge certificate by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.


An online news portal had in a report at the weekend, alleged that the minister failed to undertake the mandatory one year national service, having graduated at 22 and fraudulently obtained an exemption certificate at 42, in violation of the NYSC establishment act, Decree No 24 of 1973 as amended.
Despite the weight of the allegation, the Minister has kept quiet, failing to answer calls to her phones or return text messages from journalists.
However, a reliable source at the NYSC Headquarters in Abuja has revealed that the service would likely issue a statement on the allegation. NYSC spokesperson, Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi, also confirmed that the corps would issue an official statement but declined to give the exact date the statement would be made.
Expectedly, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had at the weekend called on Buhari to sack and prosecute Adeosun on the strength of the allegation by the online medium.
The NYSC is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate from universities or equivalent institutions at less than 30 years of age. 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 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.

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