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Court fines NYSC, says Enugu gov’s certificate authentic

A Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, issued an order restraining the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) from further denying issuing the certificate being paraded…

A Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, issued an order restraining the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) from further denying issuing the certificate being paraded by Enugu Governor, Peter Mbah.

The court also awarded N5million damages against the NYSC.

Justice Ekwo held that the NYSC misrepresented facts in its claim that it did not issue the certificate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the last governorship election.

The judge faulted the NYSC for not producing before the court, two files containing information about Mbah’s participation in the programme, noting that it (NYSC) handled the case with levity.

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

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Among others, 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.

 

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