The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it is working with the National Youth Service Corps to arrest unqualified graduates currently in the scheme.
Speaking at his office in Abuja when he received NYSC Director-General Brig-Gen Shuaibu, acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, said the anti-corruption body would support the NYSC in its move to combat fraudulent mobilisation of unqualified graduates for national service.
Magu said they have received a request from the NYSC to check the activities of “unpatriotic Nigerians who sell their certificates to unqualified graduates to be able to undergo the youth service”.
He stated, “We condemn the activities of unpatriotic elements who bring shame to the nation by their insatiable desire to make money at all costs, including the sale of certificates to unqualified graduates.”
The NYSC DG appealed to the EFCC for support “in closely monitoring the activities of unscrupulous higher institutions which present unqualified graduates for mobilisation for national service”.
He added, “It is very unfortunate that some institutions of higher learning, particularly in Cotonou, Benin Republic, present to us people who didn’t go to the four walls of the university as graduates for mobilisation.
“Currently, we are investigating some of such so-called graduates, many of whom cannot write or spell any word in English.”