Federal High Court Gives Ruling on Governor Mbah’s NYSC Certificate Allegation. In a significant legal development, Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court Abuja has delivered a crucial ruling in the ongoing case involving Enugu State Governor Peter Mbah’s N20 billion lawsuit against the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) over alleged certificate forgery. The court has decisively rejected NYSC’s preliminary objection, marking a pivotal turning point in the legal battle.
Justice Ekwo’s ruling firmly established that the provisions of Section 20 of the NYSC Act, cited by the NYSC in its objection, do not apply to Governor Mbah. The judge emphasized that Governor Mbah neither serves as an NYSC member, has intentions to become one, nor holds any employment within the corps, rendering the cited section irrelevant to his case.
During previous court proceedings, NYSC’s legal representation contended that Governor Mbah’s initiation of legal action against them constituted a violation of the NYSC Act. They implored the court to dismiss the suit, citing Governor Mbah’s alleged failure to adhere to the prerequisites of Section 20 of the NYSC Act, which mandates individuals to seek the President’s approval before pursuing legal action against the corps.
Justice Ekwo’s ruling now clears the path for Governor Peter Mbah’s N20 billion suit to advance unimpeded. The case will proceed without any obstruction from NYSC’s preliminary objection, which has been formally set aside.
The lawsuit revolves around grave allegations of certificate forgery, with Governor Mbah seeking substantial damages. As the legal battle intensifies, the court will delve deeper into the merits of the case, meticulously examining the evidence presented by both sides to determine the veracity of the allegations.
Given Governor Mbah’s prominent role in Enugu State, the allegations against him have drawn significant public attention, with potential implications for his political career and reputation. As the proceedings unfold, citizens will closely monitor developments in this high-profile legal showdown.
Governor Peter Mbah and the NYSC are expected to diligently present their respective cases as the court continues the trial. Justice Ekwo underscored the paramount importance of upholding the rule of law and ensuring a just and impartial legal process throughout the proceedings.
DSS Testimony Contradicts NYSC’s Allegations in Governor Mbah’s Certificate Forgery Case
In a dramatic turn of events, recent testimony presented by the Department of State Security (DSS) before the Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has directly contradicted the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) regarding Governor Peter Mbah’s alleged certificate forgery.
A sworn statement on oath, adopted by the DSS representative Mr. Yahaya Isa Mohammed, refutes the NYSC’s claims, asserting that Governor Mbah did not forge his discharge certificate. The testimony, provided by the DSS’s Deputy Director of Operations and Strategic Department, reveals crucial insights into the security agency’s investigation into the certificate controversy.
The DSS’s involvement stemmed from a petition dated February 8, 2023, submitted by Governor Mbah. During their inquiry, the DSS scrutinized a series of certificates, including Governor Mbah’s, uncovering a significant revelation. Contrary to the NYSC’s allegations, these certificates were found to have been legitimately issued to Corps members in Lagos.
This revelation fundamentally challenges the foundation of the certificate forgery allegations against Governor Mbah, casting doubt on their validity. The testimonial statement from the DSS Deputy Director carries substantial weight in the ongoing legal battle, potentially exerting a decisive influence on the lawsuit’s outcome.
The certificate forgery case against Governor Peter Mbah has captured widespread public interest, given its potential ramifications for the political landscape of Enugu State. The Governor’s reputation and political future hang in the balance as the tribunal rigorously evaluates the evidence and arguments presented by both sides.
Citizens across the state will closely follow the tribunal’s proceedings as it endeavors to unveil the truth behind the certificate controversy. The Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal assumes a critical role in ensuring an equitable and unbiased resolution to this contentious issue.
VOTPNews remains committed to closely monitoring unfolding events and delivering timely updates on the case’s progression.
Note: This news report is based on the recent ruling of Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court Abuja and details surrounding Governor Peter Mbah’s N20 billion certificate forgery suit against the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as of July 28, 2023. The case may evolve further with new developments and arguments presented in court.