A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Dutse, on Wednesday sentenced three university graduates to three months imprisonment each for possessing fake National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) call-up letters.

Chief Magistrate Kabir Lamido sentenced Ale Oluwaseun, 25; Owolabi Saheed and Makinde Lanre, both aged 23, who pleaded guilty to the one count charge, during arraignment.

Lamido, however, gave each of them an option of N5, 000 fine and warned them to desist from illegal acts.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Garba Abdul, had earlier told the court that the three men came to an NYSC Orientation Camp with the fake letters and pretended to be intending corps members, adding that an employee of the NYSC, Ejibunu Zachary, reported the case to the Kubwa police area command on June 26.

He submitted that the offence contravened Section 366 of the Penal Code.

The graduates had pleaded for leniency, saying they were Nigerian graduates of the University of Cotonou, Benin Republic,desirous of serving their fatherland.

They said a man who claimed to be an official of the NYSC, issued the letters to them when they were making enquiries about the scheme.

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