NYSC certificate: FG sues Stella Oduah for ‘felony’



The federal government has filed an eight-count charge against Stella Oduah, former minister of aviation, for a felony.


The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CR/275/23 was filed before a federal high court in Abuja on June 26.


All the charges against the former minister bother on the allegation that she lied on oath which amounts to a felony.


It is alleged that Oduah falsely claimed to have lost her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate to support her eligibility to contest elections and occupy public office.


According to the federal government, Oduah had obtained a police report claiming that she lost her NYSC certificate.


The police report was said to have been attached with other documents and affidavits submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the federal government at different times.



In a letter dated May 24, the management of the NYSC claimed that Oduah did not complete the one-year mandatory national youth service scheme.


Shuaibu Ibrahim, NYSC director-general, had said Oduah was mobilised for national service in 1982/83 and was deployed to Lagos — but absconded after the orientation.


He said: “The consequence of this is that she is not qualified for the issuance of the certificate of national service.”


However, the former minister had described the allegation as “reckless” and “scandalous”. She also threatened to sue if the allegation was not retracted.



Shortly after Oduah became a senatorial flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra, John Emeka, an aggrieved aspirant in the primary, approached the court to contest the outcome.


Emeka alleged that Oduah lied on oath in both her expression of interest and nomination forms, including in the form CF001 which she submitted to INEC.


In the originating summons marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/841/2022, filed on June 8 by his lawyer, Mbanefo Ikwegbue, Emeka prayed the court to declare that the information supplied by Oduah in her INEC form CF001, with respect to her participation in the NYSC scheme, was false.

However, in a judgement delivered on November 22, 2022, Inyang Ekwo, Abuja federal high court judge, dismissed the suit for being status barred.

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