It will be recalled that Shittu had in the last few weeks been in an on-going battle over his decision to skip the mandatory one-year national youth service.
Justice P.I. Ajoku ruled that the service of the originating summons be served on the respondents through the bailiffs of the court.
Congrats to the NYSC passing out today after serving their first punishment being a graduate. It's a pity we're in a country where you don't need NYSC certificate to become a Minister, ask Adebayo Shittu (Minister of Communication); he have a story to tell! pic.twitter.com/npOv2Zkb7f
— Best Baba ?? (@iambestb) October 18, 2018
“The service of the plaintiff’s processes on the first, third and fourth defendants who are in Abuja shall be effected by the bailiffs of this honourable court,” the judge ruled.
The judge, however, adjourned the case till Nov. 19 for report of service.
The suit has the Director-General, NYSC; the State Coordinator, NYSC; the NYSC and the Attorney-General of the Federation as the first, second, third and fourth defendants respectively.
Mr Adebayo Shittu is in a political office without an NYSC certificate,but I have to spend a whole one year to get the certificate
Is this fair to you , is this democratic, is this just?
— Olawale (@ClassifinedFR) October 18, 2018
Earlier, Mr Muktar Aderogba, counsel to the plaintiff, prayed the court to issue and serve the originating summons and the accompanying processes in the suit on the address of NYSC office in Abuja. Aderogba added that he relied on the 12-paragraph affidavit and the written address supplied in support of his application.
The minister is seeking the order of the court to direct the first three defendants to issue him with a certificate of national service. This, according to his originating summons, is based on having served the nation as a member of the House of Assembly of Oyo State between 1979 and 1983.
Alternatively, he is praying the court to grant an order to direct the first three defendants to issue him with a certificate of exemption from the NYSC. This, he said, was again based on having served in an alternative capacity as a member of the Oyo state house of assembly.