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HEDA takes Adeosun’s NYSC certificate forgery to court, wants IGP to probe finance minister

Following a report by Premium Times NG that Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun forged an exemption certificate of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), the Human and Environmental Development Agenda Resource Centre (HEDA) has filed a motion exparte before a Federal High Court in Lagos seeking the probe of the allegation.

HEDA requested an order compelling Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), to investigate the allegations of certificate forgery against the minister.

NYSC in its response confirmed Mrs Adeosun applied for an exemption but swiftly added it would investigate the origin of the allegedly forged exemption certificate purportedly being used by the minister.

HEDA had earlier forwarded a petition to the IGP asking the police to investigate Adeosun and if found guilty, prosecute her.

Olanrewaju Suraju, HEDA chairman, in a statement on Sunday, said it chose to approach the court to ensure that the matter is not swept under the carpet “like most of such allegations involving politically exposed persons”.

It prayed the court for: “An order granting leave to the applicant to apply for an order of mandamus compelling the office of the IGP to investigate and publish its report on the allegations of forgery of NYSC certificate against Nigeria’s finance minister; Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.

“And for such further order or orders as the honourable court may deem fit to make in the circumstances.”

Adeosun has not responded to the forgery allegation since it was first reported.

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