16 September 2018

Nigerian Students Demand Arrest of Kemi Adeosun

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Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun resigns.

Kaduna — The leadership of National Union of Nigerian Students (NUNS) has called on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to arrest the ex-finance minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun over the allegation of forged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate.

The former finance minister under President Muhammadu Buhari's administration had on September 14, 2018 resigned her appointment as a minister following the certificate forgery scandal.

A statement by NUNS president, Comrade Salahudeen A. Lukman, commended the ex-minister for taking the bold step of resigning but noted that it is not an excuse to shelve the consequence of such gross and embarrassing crime.

The students therefore also called for the arrest of the Director General of NYSC, under whom the forged certificate was issued.

"It is highly embarrassing that an agency of government as exceptional as NYSC could be so lose, corrupt and uncoordinated to the extent that her certificate could be sold and forged. The Federal Government must as a matter of urgency curb all corrupt practices in the scheme. It is our resolve to pursue this matter to the letter to assist Mr President's anti-corruption fight aimed at creating sanity in the public service,"

"While waiting patiently to see EFCC do its work on this subject matter on or before the next seven working days, the union shall not hesitate to employ other legitimate means under law to ensure the alleged forger and her accomplices in NYSC face the wrath of the law. We are all equal before the law; no superiority just as ignorance is not an excuse in court of law. If petty thieves are prosecuted and jailed, nothing will stop NUNS leadership from dragging the ex-minister and her accomplice in NYSC to the court of law for prosecution," he said.

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