A Federal High Court in Abuja has cleared former minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate controversy which resulted in her sack in 2018.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled on Wednesday ruled that she was ineligible to participate in the NYSC scheme when she graduated at 22 because she was then a British citizen.
He therefore held that the ex-minister, she was not supposed to present herself for the service, as at the time of graduation, because under the 1979 constitution which was in force as at that time, she was not a Nigerian citizen, either at her graduation or when she turned 30.
The judge further held that the constitution does not require her to present her first-degree certificate, or any other one, including the NYSC certificate, to be appointed a minister.
Her appointment as minister was therefore not unconstitutional and illegal, even without presenting an NYSC certificate, Justice Taiwo said.
He then granted the four reliefs sought by the plaintiff, who had sued the Attorney-General of the Federation. They include, “a declaration that the plaintiff, being a United Kingdom citizen as at 1989 when she graduated from the University of East London, London, the United Kingdom at 22, she was ineligible to participate in the National Youth Service Corps scheme, established by the National Youth Service Corps Act, CAP N8, LFN, 2004.”