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Lawyer Drags Minister Of Finance, Adeosun To Court Over Alleged Forged NYSC Discharge Certificate

Posted by Thandiubani on Tue 10th Jul, 2018 - tori.ng

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun might be forced out of her position after a lawyer instituted a legal action against her over alleged forged NYSC certificate.

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun
 
A lawyer, Mr Francis Obalim, and a political party, Action Peoples Party, on Monday, filed separate suits asking the Federal High Court in Abuja to order the sacking of the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, on the grounds of her alleged failure to possess a valid discharge certificate issued by the National Youth Service Corps.
 
According to a report by Punch, the lawyer, the plaintiff in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/712/2018, applied for an order quashing and setting aside Mrs Adeosun’s appointment as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari.
 
He argued that her appointment should be quashed in the light of the revelation by an online medium, Premium Times,  alleging that Adeosun forged NYSC exemption certificate.  Obalim argued that Adeosun cirumvented the mandatory conditions in sections 12, 13 and 14 of the NYSC Act, an integral part of the 1999 Constitution.
 
He maintained that Adeosun, who was listed as the 1st defendant, was not qualified to be employed by the Federal Government of Nigeria either as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or in any other capacity whatsoever, without first presenting a valid discharge certificate issued by the NYSC.
 
The plaintiff, through his counsel, Mr Johnmary Jideobi, sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining Federal Government from further according a ministerial status to Adeosun until she presented a valid certificate of discharge regularly issued by the NYSC.
 
Adeosun, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami;  the Senate President, Dr  Bukola Saraki; and the Clerk of the Senate, are the respondents to the suit.
 
On its part, the Action Peoples Party sued Adeosun, President Muhammadu Buhari, the AGF and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, as defendants in its suit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2018.
 
Apart from praying for the removal of the minister, APP prayed for an order directing her to refund the salaries she had received since 2015 when she was appointed as a minister and another order compelling the Federal Government to prosecute her.
 
The party, through its lawyer, Mr. Kingdom Okere, asked the court to, among others, declare that Adeosun “is not qualified to be appointed a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or into any other public office,   having not participated in the compulsory one-year National Youth Service scheme, in view of the combined provisions of sections 11,12, 13 and 17  of the National Youth Service Act.”
 



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