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15 August 2018

Adeosun Certificate Scandal: SERAP Drags NYSC DG To Court

The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Brigadier-General Sule Kazaure and the NYSC have been dragged to court over its inability to publish specific documents and information on Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun’s application for NYSC exemption.

In a suit filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), on Tuesday at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, SERAP asked the court to compel NYSC and its DG to explain if Adeosun obtained any Exemption Certificate from the Scheme.

In the suit number FHC/L/CS/1369/18, the human rights group is also seeking “An order for leave to apply for judicial review and an order of mandamus directing and/or compelling General Kazaure and the NYSC to urgently provide specific documents and information on Mrs Kemi Adeosun’s application to the NYSC for Exemption and to publish widely including on a dedicated and on the NYSC website, any such information.”

The development follows SERAP’s Freedom of Information request dated 2 August 2018 to General Kazaure, giving him 7 days to provide “Information on specific details and documents on the Exemption Certificate applied for and obtained by Mrs Adeosun; clarify whether the NYSC actually granted her the Exemption Certificate and if it did, the circumstances and the provisions of the NYSC Act under which the Exemption Certificate was granted.”

The suit was filed on behalf of SERAP by its counsel, Ms. Bamisope Adeyanju.

No date has been fixed for hearing.

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