NYSC gets seven-day ultimatum to clarify Adeosun’s certificate forgery claim

Socio – Economic Rights and Accountability Project ( SERAP ) has given National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC ) seven days to clarify its exemption certificate forgery allegations leveled against Nigeria ’ s finance minster , Kemi Adeosun .
An online newspaper , Premium Times earlier claimed the minister forged her NYSC exemption certificate . But the minister is yet to respond to the certificate forgery allegation .
SERAP in a freedom of information request to NYSC Director – General , Brigadier – General Sule Kazaure demands he “ use his good offices and leadership position to urgently provide information on specific details and documents on the Exemption Certificate granted to the Minister of Finance , Mrs . Kemi Adeosun ” .
It also ask NYSC “ to provide information and documents on whether Mrs Adeosun applied for NYSC Exemption Certificate , and if she did, to clarify whether the NYSC actually granted her the Exemption Certificate , the circumstances and the provisions of the NYSC Act under which the Exemption Certificate was granted ” .
While stating the need of providing the information to determine whether forgery has was committed , SERAP urged the Nigeria’ s justice minister Abubakar Malami ( SAN) , to pursue prosecution or invite a private prosecution to step into the matter .
“ By providing information and documents on the Exemption Certificate , the NYSC would help put an end to any insinuation of complicity and show that the institution can embrace transparency and accountability in the discharge of its statutory mandates . This would in turn contribute to improved integrity and public image of the NYSC . ”
“ This will be one step in the right direction . If the information is not provided to us within 7 days of the receipt and /or publication of this letter , the Registered Trustees of SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions under the Freedom of Information Act to compel you to comply with our request , ” SERAP Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale said in the FOI request.
However SERAP said Adeosun remains innocent until the allegations against her are properly tested and proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of competent jurisdiction based on relevant admissible evidence .
It added that the continuing silence by the NYSC management on the matter may create an impression that an offence may have been committed , and lead to accusation that the management has something to hide .

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