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Discharge Certificate: Governor-elect Mbah slams N20 billion lawsuit on NYSC

Governor-elect Peter Mbah has filed a N20 billion suit against the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

• May 19, 2023
Peter Mbah and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) DG
Peter Mbah and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) DG

Governor-elect Peter Mbah has filed a N20 billion suit against the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at the Federal High Court over alleged conspiracy, deceit, and misrepresentation of facts.

Justice Inyang Ekwo had on Monday, upon a motion ex parte by Mr Mbah’s counsel, Emeka Ozoani, sequel to the lawsuit, stopped NYSC from disclaiming Mr Mbah’s certificate.

In the suit, Mr Mbah is equally seeking a declaration that he participated in the NYSC scheme vide a call-up letter number FRN/2001/800351, Lagos code LA/01/1532 and upon completion, was issued a certificate of National Service No. A808297.

The governor-elect also alleged that NYSC conspired by fraudulent design, suppressed and misrepresented facts in the supposition that they did not issue his certificate of national service with number A808297.

According to him, this is a fact they know as untrue, incorrect and which act he said constitutes an act of conspiracy.

 He also wants a declaration that the defendants were negligent and maliciously misrepresented facts, which facts the defendants know or ought to know as untrue and ought reasonably to have foreseen that damages would flow from such negligent misrepresentation of material facts.

An affidavit supporting the motion on notice deposed by Grace Udeagha stated, among others, that Mr Mbah, after graduating in law from the University of East London in 2000, returned to Nigeria.

She also deposed in the affidavit that as a prerequisite to practise as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Mr Mbah applied and was admitted into the Bar Part I programme of the Nigerian Law School.

She further deposed that the plaintiff, upon completing the Bar Part I exam, had to wait for the Bar Part II programme.

“That the plaintiff, in view of the above, was called up for the NYSC and was deployed to Lagos state, with the following particulars: Mbah Peter Ndubuisi; Call up letter No 01134613; reference No NYSC/FRN/2001/800351,” she added, “That the plaintiff in the course of his NYSC programme aforesaid and after six months of NYSC, the Nigerian Law School scheduled the commencement of the Bar Part II programme usually called Bar Finals.”

Ms Udeagha said further, “The plaintiff was offered admission to the Nigerian Law School by a letter dated June 20, 2002. The plaintiff applied to the state director, NYSC, for deferment of NYSC year 2001/2002. Pursuant to paragraph 12, the NYSC directorate headquarters vide Ref: NYSC/DHQ/CM/M/27 approved the plaintiff’s application for deferment of NYSC Ref: LA/01/1532 of August 6, 2002.” 

The deposition explained that Mr Mbah, “upon completion of his NYSC service, was issued the NYSC certificate No. A808297 dated January 6, 2003, certifying that he completed the one-year of NYSC from January 7, 2002, to January 6.”

A date has yet to be fixed to hear the motion. 


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