NYSC National Youth Service Corps has issued a warning to anyone with intentions to forge its discharge or exemption certificates.
According to NYSC, such an individual will face jail term, option of fine or both as penalties.
The Director, Legal Services, Mr Ahmed Ibrahim, said this on Monday in Abuja during the 2023 Legal Officers’ Capacity Building Training.
The training has “The Role of the Legal Officer in the Defence of the Public Service in Nigeria” as its theme.
According to Ibrahim, the NYSC Act contains all the infractions that people should know about
He said ;
“The infractions are many, like forging the NYSC certificates.
“Also, persons that are supposed to go for youth service as specified in the Act are not coming for youth service while those that are supposed to come for service will do but will not complete it and abscond.
“Therefore, the Act itself has specified what is to be done in respect to these instances.”
The punishment, first of all, is to arrest them, the police will now charge them to court and it is now left for the courts to decide if it is imprisonment or fine.
“It is at the discretion of the court to say this is what we are going to do as the term of imprisonment.
“If you are found guilty by the court, the court can give you two years jail term depending on the type of offence or three years or an option of fine or both jail term and fine.”