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Court clears Enugu gov, awards N5m fine against NYSC

Gov Peter Mbah

Gov Peter Mbah

 

Governor Alex Mbah of Enugu State has won the National Youth Service Corps in court, over the alleged discharge certificate forgery levelled against him, by the body.

 

Mbah was on Monday, vindicated by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, which dismissed the allegations of forgery brought against him by the NYSC.

 

Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo in his ruling, threw away the allegations following the inability of the Corps to prove and defend the allegations as required by law.

 

Ekwo in the judgment in a suit by the governor against the NYSC, imposed a fine of N5 million on the Corps to be paid jointly to the plaintiff for suppressing facts and conspiring against him in the heinous allegations.

 

The court held that with the unchallenged evidence of the plaintiff on how the discharge certificate was issued to him in 2003 by the corps, after serving in a law firm in Lagos and the inability of the NYSC to produce counter-evidence, it was clear that the plaintiff served the mandatory one-year service.

 

Justice Ekwo held that while the onus to prove forgery allegations lies heavily on the NYSC, it failed, leaving Mbah’s evidence heavier and more believable.

 

Mbah had sued the NYSC and its Director, Corps Certification, Ibrahim Muhammad, for publishing a disclaimer, denying the issuance of a discharge certificate issued to him on January 6, 2003.

 

However, the NYSC had, in February. 1, written a letter signed by Ibrahim Muhammed saying that the Corps did not issue the NYSC certificate in Mbah’s possession.

 

 

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