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I cried daily for three months, had therapy to survive NYSC certificate saga — Ex-Minister Kemi Adeosun reveals

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A former Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has come out to reveal how she was able to forge ahead after the National Youth Service Corps certificate saga.

Adeosun said she wept every day without working for three months.

Adesosun, who spoke at the 10th anniversary of the Uncommon Woman Conference organised by the Jesus House Church, United Kingdom, explained that she felt like she was in a horrible pit.

According to her, everything about her life was at a standstill while she had to deal with shame, betrayal, disappointment and humiliation.

Adeosun explained, “That period of life was tough for me. I went to step into the shoes of someone like Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. So, I was under fire from day one, it looked like things were not working. Then all of a sudden,the economy started to improve. It was like I was beginning to see the desired result. Then out of nowhere, the certificate scandal came. And before I knew it, everything turned upside down. And that was how the issue went viral.”

Adeosun said it was sad that she was even unable to tell her side of the story and had to resign when she could no longer bear it.

The former minister said, “I was born and raised in the United Kingdom; indeed, my parental family home remains in London. My visits to Nigeria up until the age of 34 were holidays, with visas obtained in my UK passport. When I finished school, there was no opportunity for dual citizenship; I either renounce my British citizenship or hold on to it and work here. I didn’t renounce mine. I finished school at 21 and started working at 22.

“I obtained my first Nigerian passport at the age of 34 and when I relocated, there was debate as to whether the NYSC law applied to me. Upon enquiry as to my status relating to the NYSC, I was informed that due to my residency history and having exceeded the age of 30, I was exempted from the requirement to serve. Until recent events, that remained my understanding.

“On the basis of that advice and with the guidance and assistance of those I thought were trusted associates, the NYSC was approached for documentary proof of status. I then received the certificate in question. Having never worked in the NYSC, visited the premises, been privy to or familiar with their operations, I had no reason to suspect that the certificate was anything but genuine.

“Indeed, I presented that certificate at the 2011 Ogun State House of Assembly and in 2015 for the Department of State Services clearance as well as to the National Assembly for screening. I sought legal advice and there was no problem I could get an exemption for the NYSC.

“I was so ashamed at that time because I was into teenagers’ mentoring and all of that. So, the experience negated the lessons I had taught my teenagers. I cried every day for three months; I didn’t do anything for anyone or myself for those months. I just cried, cried, and cried.”

She added, “I thought I would feel better when I got vindicated by the court but I still wasn’t happy. The court cleared my name three years later but it took another time of counselling and therapy before I felt better.

“It was thereafter I forged ahead with life and started my charity work.” (Sunday PUNCH: Excludes headline)

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Blackout In Abuja, Others As Protesting Electricity Workers, NUEE Shuts Transmission Station In Kaduna

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The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has shut down operations at the Kaduna Regional Headquarters of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), leading to blackout in the state, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and adjoining North-West states.

The electricity union is protesting the non-payment of outstanding arrears owed to former workers of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), suspension of conditions of service and career path for workers and the directive by the TCN board to conduct promotion interviews for acting principal managers who are moving to Assistant General Managers.

The development which also affected four northwestern states, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara, is said to be in line with the directive of the union’s national leadership.

NUEE officials were said to have forced workers out of the company’s premises before locking the gate with their own key after they picketed the Mando TCN Station in the Kaduna State capital on Wednesday.

They however, vowed not to resume work until all their demands were met by the Federal Government.

The NUEE had picketed the Abuja National Headquarters of the TCN on Tuesday.

According to a circular by the General Secretary of NUEE, Joe Ajaero, titled “Call for Action”, to the Senior Assistant General Secretaries and Zonal Organising Secretaries dated August 15, 2022, the union directed that the electricity workers should ensure total compliance with the directive.

This is coming amid erratic power supply being experienced across the nation and at least five National Power Grid failures already recorded this year.

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Court Sentences Famous Adamawa Wrestler To Death For Killing Wife With Pestle

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A well-known traditional wrestler, Thankyou Grim, has been convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for cruelly murdering his wife in Adamawa State.

Super Reporters learnt that Grim, who hails from Sili village in the Guyuk Local Government Area of Adamawa State, hit his wife, Kwalla Grim, repeatedly with a pestle until she died for demanding divorce.

The Adamawa State Chief Judge, Justice Nathan Musa, sentenced the famous wrestler to death after he was tried and found guilty of killing his wife.

He was convicted on a one-count charge of culpable homicide punishable with death contrary to section 192(b) of the Adamawa State Penal Code Law 2018.

While delivering his verdict on Tuesday, Justice Musa held that the prosecution had proved with cogent evidence that the convict actually killed the deceased.

“As stated in my judgement, the convict is convicted for culpable homicide punishable with death; my hands are therefore tied, I cannot do otherwise. Therefore, the convict is accordingly sentenced to death by hanging as provided by section 192(b) of Penal Code Law”, Justice Musa ruled.

According to the prosecution, Grim caused the death of his wife on March 24, 2018.

The famous wrestler reportedly wrestled his wife to the ground and smashed her face with a pestle, hitting her several times until she became lifeless.

He was said to have fled the scene immediately, but later reported himself to the police after three days.

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2023: Tinubu, Obasanjo Meet Behind Closed-Doors In Ogun

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The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu is currently meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, behind closed-doors in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital.

Details of the meeting are yet to be made known but sources say it is not unconnected with the 2023 general elections and Tinubu’s ambition to emerge president.

On this visit, Tinubu was accompanied by the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, first interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, the governor of Ogun State,Dapo Abiodun, former Governor Olusegun Osoba, Otunba Gbenga Daniel among other dignitaries.

The trip to Abeokuta comes a few days after President Muhammadu Buhari received Tinubu and his running mate Kassim Shettima at the State House in Abuja.

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