Kemi Adeosun, the former Nigeria Minster of Finance resigned yesterday, and in her resignation letter, she admitted to have forged the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) certificate. But argues she does not know it was forged and that she has a fake certificate.
In Nigeria, forgery is a crime, and what Kemi admitted to have done is a crime and that includes forgery, possession of fake document, uttering, giving false information and skipping the national service.
Having admitted to have committed the offence of forgery, the Penal Code a and the National Youth Service (NYSC) Act provides that anybody who commits such offence is liable to a jail term ranging from one to 14 years and above.
I have come to realise that the NYSC certificate I have been parading is fake, and because of that I have decided to do the right thing and resign, Kemi said in her letter.
Worse still, she admitted that she has used the certificate to serve in different capacity in Nigeria, she added that she presented the same certificate at the 2011 Ogun State House of Assembly and in 2015 for Directorate of State Services (DSS) Clearance as well as to the National Assembly for screening.
A situation the state did not know she had a fake document.
Although, Kemi sounds very innocent, emotional and pathetic with many showing her public sympathy, ignorant is not a basis of defence in Law.
Mr. Ogala Samuel, a Lawyer at the Femi Falana Chambers, Abuja said, although, Kemi may not have had the intention to commit forgery, but from what she has done, she has committed a forgery offence. Asked if she stands a risk of being jailed, he said, in Law it depends who the prosecutor is and the ability of her defence counsel to argue the law and evidence before the court.