The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) had filed a preliminary objection against Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State’s N20 billion lawsuit over suspected certificate fraud, but the Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed it.
In a momentous ruling delivered on the auspicious day of Friday, the 28th of 2023, the esteemed Justice Inyang Ekwo, with unwavering conviction, decreed that the preliminary objection, which had the audacity to challenge the very essence of justice, was devoid of any merit and thus deserved nothing but outright dismissal.
In a resolute manner, Ekwo adamantly asserted that the very provision of Section 20 of the NYSC Act, 2004, which the Corps has vehemently relied upon to raise its objection, does not find relevance in the case of the esteemed governor, as he does not currently hold the esteemed status of a serving corps member.
In a resounding declaration, he articulated, “Once more, I find myself inclined to concur with the plaintiff, Mr. Mbah, whose position aligns with the stipulation set forth in Section 20 of the NYSC Act of 2004.”
This signifies that the aforementioned provision possesses a distinct classification of individuals to whom it is deemed applicable.
In a recent development, it has been reported that Ekwo, the esteemed judge presiding over the case, has deemed the preliminary objection raised by the NYSC as lacking in merit. However, in a display of fairness and due process, Ekwo has decided to adjourn the matter until the dates of September 21 and September 22 for a comprehensive hearing. This decision showcases the commitment of the judiciary to uphold the principles of justice and ensure a thorough examination of the case at hand.
In a striking turn of events, the Department of State Services (DSS) has vehemently refuted the claims put forth by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) regarding Mr. Mbah’s alleged possession of a forged discharge certificate. This revelation has added a new layer of complexity to the ongoing controversy surrounding Mr. Mbah’s credentials.