By Onome Oghenetega

The National Youth Service Corps has handed over a total of 50 graduates with suspected fake certificates in the Batch B Stream II of the scheme to the Nigeria Police Force for Prosecution.

NYSC said the suspects were caught while attempting registration with their fake certificates at orientation camps across the country.

The NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, who disclosed this on Friday in a statement to journalists, said the suspects were fake graduates from various tertiary institutions in the country and neighbouring African countries.

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Adeyemi stated that NYSC was currently verifying credentials of all corps members across the 37 orientation camps in country.

She warned that unqualified graduates who are arrested would not just be fished out but duly prosecuted by the service.

The statement further noted that the NYSC Director-General, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, warned that those not qualified would no longer pass through the scheme.

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The statement read, “The NYSC is committed to stemming the tide of fraudulent mobilisation of unqualified home-based and foreign-trained Nigerians, especially those purported to have graduated from unaccredited universities in the West African sub-region.

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“The verification of credentials of all corps members currently in the 37 orientation camps across the country is still ongoing. As of date, over 50 unqualified graduates from different institutions of higher learning have been decamped from the 2019 Batch B Stream II NYSC Orientation Camps and handed over to law enforcement agencies for prosecution

It explained that NYSC caught six fake corps members in the camp in Taraba State; three of the suspects were identified as Nasiru Yau, Shehu Mukhtar and Illiyasu Usman. They all claimed to have finished from the Isfop University of Cotonou in the Republic of Benin.


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