A federal high court in Abuja has ruled that former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, had no obligation to produce a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate to enable her to hold public office in Nigeria.
Recall that Adeosun resigned as minister in 2018 over the allegation of a forged NYSC certificate she presented as part of her credentials.
But delivering ruling in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/303/21 brought by Wole Olanipekun, a senior lawyer, on behalf of the former minister, Taiwo Taiwo, the judge, held that the former minister does not require an NYSC certificate to hold public office.
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“I am of the view that denying the plaintiff of the reliefs sought is not going to be doing justice to the matter,” he said.
Justice Taiwo clarified that the Attorney General of the Federation, in his counter-affidavit, did not challenge the avirement of the plaintiff, wherein the defendant stated that the Federal Government did not withdraw the ministerial appointment of the plaintiff or ask her to resign, but that Adeosun resigned of her on accord.
The judge, therefore, granted all the four reliefs sought by the former minister.