The Nigerian government on Monday said that the case of the alleged certificate forgery of the Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun would soon be proven as untrue as soon as investigations are done.
This is coming 60 days after Adeosun was alleged to have forged a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate after an investigation by an online newspaper, Premium Times.
The presidency noted that it will take the appropriate action immediately details of the investigations are made public.
senior special assistant on media and publicity to the President Buhari, Garba Shehu, on AIT’s said “The minister of information has spoken on the matter. And a process is ongoing to address the allegations. When that process is complete, Nigerians will know the outcome,” .
When challenged on the length of time the ‘investigation’ was taking, Shehu said: “It is not for him to decide (the duration).
Section 13 of the NYSC law prescribes punishment for anyone who absconds from the scheme or forges its certificates, while eligible Nigerians who skipped the service are liable to be sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and/or N2, 000 fine.
Sources have claimed that the Presidency could be considering granting the minister clemency for the forgery case ‘in view of the great works she has done for government — bailing out the country from recession and stabilizing the economy.’
However, legal practitioners have countered that, saying only after a conviction can anyone be granted a pardon.