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On Wednesday, a Federal High Court in Abuja exonerated ex-Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun of the controversy surrounding her involvement or non-participation in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
In a decision issued today, Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled that Adeosun was not entitled to enrol in NYSC at the age of 22 since she was a British citizen.
Taiwo also claimed that because she was over 30 years old when she legally returned to the nation and became a Nigerian citizen, she was unable to apply for NYSC duty.
Justice Taiwo said the plaintiff or anyone did not require a discharge certificate of NYSC to qualify to contest election to the House of Representatives or be appointed a Minister in Nigeria.
The judgment was on a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/303/2021 filed by Adeosun, with the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) as the sole defendant.
The judge proceeded to grant the four reliefs sought by the plaintiff, to include “a declaration that the plaintiff, being a United Kingdom citizen as at 1989 when she graduated from the University of East London, London, United Kingdom at the age of 22 years, was ineligible to participate in the National Youth Service Corpse scheme, established by the National Youth Service Corps Act, CAP N8, LFN, 2004.”