Why Police can’t arrest, investigate Kemi Adeosun over NYSC certificate scandal –Jimoh Moshood

It is now Eleven days since Premium Times published an investigation indicting the Minister of Finance Ms. Kemi Adeosun of skipping the mandatory service year and instead forging a certificate — a secret the National Assembly had allegedly been using to blackmail her into releasing funds running into billions of naira.

The Nigeria police have stated that they cannot investigate the alleged forgery of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, exemption certificate by the Minister of Finance, because there is no formal complaint against her.

Jimoh Moshood,Police spokesman told newsmen yesterday in Abuja, that the Nigerian Police was not aware of the allegations against the minister, adding that no one had come forward to lodge a complaint against her.

“There must be a complaint, either written or verbal to us. You must write to a divisional police station or the Commissioner of Police or to the Inspector-General of Police; we have not received any complaint, so we can’t investigate it (allegation of forgery),” Moshood, acting Deputy Commissioner of Police stated.

The police have stated that they cannot investigate the alleged forgery of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, exemption certificate by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, because there is no formal complaint against her.

The Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, told newsmen yesterday in Abuja, that the Nigerian Police was not aware of the allegations against the minister, adding that no one had come forward to lodge a complaint against her.

“There must be a complaint, either written or verbal to us. You must write to a divisional police station or the Commissioner of Police or to the Inspector-General of Police; we have not received any complaint, so we can’t investigate it (allegation of forgery),” Moshood, acting Deputy Commissioner of Police stated.

Asked if the media reports of the allegation were not sufficient for the police to initiate a probe, the spokesman stated that police detectives could not initiate an investigation based on newspaper reports.

He insisted on a written or verbal complaint to the police, noting that this was the basis for all police investigations.

“I have not read the report of what you said was published in newspapers. As I said, we can’t investigate the allegations until there is a verbal or written complaint against her (the finance minister),” the police explained.

The police have stated that they cannot investigate the alleged forgery of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, exemption certificate by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, because there is no formal complaint against her.

The Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, told newsmen yesterday in Abuja, that the Nigerian Police was not aware of the allegations against the minister, adding that no one had come forward to lodge a complaint against her.

“There must be a complaint, either written or verbal to us. You must write to a divisional police station or the Commissioner of Police or to the Inspector-General of Police; we have not received any complaint, so we can’t investigate it (allegation of forgery),” Moshood, acting Deputy Commissioner of Police stated.

Asked if the media reports of the allegation were not sufficient for the police to initiate a probe, the spokesman stated that police detectives could not initiate an investigation based on newspaper reports.

He insisted on a written or verbal complaint to the police, noting that this was the basis for all police investigations.

“I have not read the report of what you said was published in newspapers. As I said, we can’t investigate the allegations until there is a verbal or written complaint against her (the finance minister),” the police explained.

Two non-governmental organisations had reportedly petitioned the IG to probe the allegations against Adeosun.

Human and Environmental Development Agenda Resource Centre, and an anti-corruption group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, had challenged the minister to break her silence and respond to the allegation.

Civic tech organisation BudgIT Nigeria, has expressed its disappointment with Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance, for keeping mum over the allegations of forging a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Although the NYSC released a terse statement that further confused the public, both Adeosun and President Muhammadu Buhari have been silent on the allegation.

On Monday by Abiola Afolabi, its Communications Lead, BudgIT urged the President to “take appropriate action” and the Honorable Minister to “provide a response to the allegations”.

“We affirm Ms. Kemi Adeosun poses a risk to the treasury with alleged unauthentic documents which she has used to function as the Ogun State Commissioner of Finance and Honourable Minister of Finance. BudgIT looks forward to expedited resolution of this matter.”

THE FULL STATEMENT
BudgIT asks Kemi Adeosun to renounce the allegations of NYSC Certification Fraud or Resign.

BudgIT Nigeria, a civic tech organisation, expresses disappointment at the silence of the Honourable Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, over the allegations of NYSC certificate fraud. In an investigative report released by Premium Times, Ms. Kemi Adeosun was accused of skipping the compulsory one-year national youth service and presenting forged exemption certification to the National Assembly. While many concerned citizens await a comprehensive response from the government official, there has been no rebuttal from the accused and also no conclusive position from the National Youth Service Corps.

We also notice recent reports that the Honourable Minister released N10bn for the National Assembly to settle liabilities, a fund that ended up in purchase of exotic vehicles for the legislators. As an organization with interest in transparency and accountability, we believe it is dangerous to put public funds in charge of a person that can be easily blackmailed by individuals. We also accept that towards the 2019 elections, Nigeria needs to right character to lead its Finance Ministry, considering how public treasury can be easily shortened to satisfy political interests.

The Buhari Administration has often opined its commitments to weed out corruption and other related vices but we find the silence in antithesis to such disposition. We find the certificate saga an indictment on the capability of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Department of State Security, National Assembly and National Youth Service Corps. We affirm that Nigerian institutions are being compromised on the altar on political expediency and the “Change” mantra as advanced by the current governing party is gradually a trite phrase.

The current issue is an example of gross misconduct within the cabinet of an administration that prides itself on integrity. We call on President Buhari to take appropriate actIon regarding this and also for the Honorable Minister to provide a response to the allegations.

Without a convincing response to this ignoble situation, we call on Ms. Kemi Adeosun to resign from her position as the Honorable Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and accept the consequences of her actions as stated in the law. We affirm Ms. Kemi Adeosun poses a risk to the treasury with alleged unauthentic documents which she has used to function as the Ogun State Commissioner of Finance and Honourable Minister of Finance. BudgIT looks forward to expedited resolution of this matter.

The Coalition of Civil Society Groups (CCSG) has advised the public to stop the campaign against the minister.

In a statement signed by Emmanuel Bako, Mike Olorunfemi, Nnamdi Okoroji, Lillian Cosmas, Fred Okoliko and Bashir Abubakar after their meeting in Lagos yesterday, they urged the public to discard stories trailing the news space.

According to them, the youth service is also meant to emphasise and promote the spirit of oneness and brotherhood of all Nigerians, irrespective of cultural or social background.

They maintained that foreign graduates are not mobilised from the school of study directly but by application by interested persons.

“To approve and exempt any person is not bound by time if the circumstances surrounding it are considered cogent by the directorate. It would be out of place to condemn the minister’s sincere gesture for not applying for it.

“It is based on this that we are bold to say that the hullaballoo occasioned by the media publication was done in bad faith and to cause unnecessary distraction.”

The coalition argued that the minister is not guilty for staying back after her studies as long as the reasons for doing so are reasonable and justifiable.

“We applaud her achievements in the Finance Ministry and urge her not to lose concentration but make more effort in properly repositioning the economy for the betterment of Nigerians.”

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