The Federal High Court in Abuja has imposed a N5 million fine against the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for its false allegations regarding the authenticity of the discharge certificate held by Enugu State Governor, Peter Mbah.
In the judgment, Justice Inyang Ekwo found the Director-General of the NYSC and the corps, who were defendants in the case, guilty of misrepresenting material facts. The judge affirmed that the certificate presented by Governor Mbah to the Independent National Electoral Commission was genuine and validly issued by the NYSC.
Furthermore, Justice Ekwo stated that the evidence presented in court confirmed that Governor Mbah, though initially mobilized for service in 2001, completed his service in 2003. During his service, he had sought and received permission from the NYSC to attend the Nigerian Law School.The judge also criticized the NYSC for not charging the governor with forgery, especially if they genuinely believed they had not issued the NYSC certificate to him. He concluded that the NYSC acted mischievously and in bad faith by denying the authenticity of Mbah’s NYSC certificate.
It’s important to note that Governor Mbah had filed a lawsuit against the NYSC and its Director of Corps Certification, Mr. Ibrahim Muhammad, after they published a disclaimer denying the issuance of a discharge certificate to him on January 6, 2003. In a previous ruling on May 15, the court had restrained the NYSC, Mr. Muhammad, and their agents from engaging in such publications until the substantive matter was heard and determined.
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