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Scandal! How Nigeria’s finance minister, Kemi Adeosun forged NYSC certificate

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Scandal! How Nigeria’s finance minister, Kemi Adeosun forged NYSC certificate

Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun has been implicated in a certificate forgery BlackBox Nigeria has learnt

These are troubled times for Nigeria’s finance minister, Kemi Adeosun as revelations have emerged that she didn’t participate in the compulsory one-year NYSC scheme. This is a criminal offence in Nigeria especially for somebody who has worked in the private sector and has also been a state commissioner as well as a minister to the federal government.

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In an investigative report by Premium Times and obtained by BlackBox Nigeria, Mrs Kemi Adeosun who graduated from the University of East London in 1989 at the age of 22. By law, any Nigerian citizen who graduates from a higher institution while below the age of 30 is mandated to serve Nigeria for a one-year period before such individuals can work for any organisation within the country.
However, Mrs Kemi Adeosun according to the report stayed back in London after graduation. She was born in the British capital in March 1967.

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She stayed back in London where she had different jobs before coming to Nigeria in 2002. She got employed to a private firm known as Chapel Hill Denham.

However in 2009, she reportedly obtained a fake exemption certificate which was signed by a former Director General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Yusuf Bomoi who had left office 7 months before the certificate was issued. By law, only an individual above the age of 30 can be exempted from serving but in her case, the honorable Minister of Finance graduated at the age of 22 and was not qualified to get an exemption.

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The investigators reveal that several staff of NYSC stated clearly that the certificate was fake as it was quite different from the one issued at request. They further disclose that Kemi Adeosun wasn’t even qualified for an exemption. A check on the records of the NYSC further shows that the organisation at no time issued any certificate to Kemi Adeosun or Folakemi Oguntomoju (her maiden name).
BlackBox Nigeria further gathered that all the top positions Kemi Adeosun has held since returning to Nigeria can be described to as “illegal” because she wasn’t qualified in the first place. These include being the Managing Director of Quo Vadis Partnerships, Ogun State Commissioner for Finance and her current position as Nigeria’s Minister of Finance.

If this is not refuted with proof, then Mrs Kemi Adeosun might risk a jail term of 3 years although the crime has a option of fine.
Both Kemi Adeosun and the Federal government are yet To react to the report despite heightening social media debates and condemnations on the issue.

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