The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Director General, Brig Gen YD Ahmed, has said that the release certificate being paraded by Enugu State Governor-elect, Barr Peter Mbah, was not granted by the organization.
According to Brig Gen Ahmed, who spoke on Arise Television’s breakfast show on Friday, the question of whether Mbah has a valid NYSC certificate or not does not arise since he has warned the PDP candidate for the 2023 gubernatorial elections that the document he presented was a fake.
“He came to me, and I called my director to confirm the certificate, and we discovered that it was a fake, and I told him…”I’m curious how educated elites would rely on black market certificates.
“Everyone knows how we issue our NYSC certificate; we don’t give it in hotel rooms or houses,” the DG explained.
Peter Mbah is said to have launched a lawsuit against the NYSC, asking N20 billion in damages for injuries he alleges were caused by the problems surrounding his discharge certificate.
The controversy regarding Mbah’s discharge certificate erupted in February 2023, when the NYSC published a letter indicating that the certificate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was not granted by them in response to a query by a non-governmental organization.
Following further investigation by an Aba-based legal firm, Silver & Co. Associates, another letter repudiating the certificate was sent in April 2023.
Concerning Mbah’s alleged complaint, the NYSC Director General stated that he was unaware of any litigation and will not reply based on hearsay.
“The NYSC has not been sued in relation to the suit.” I have yet to see anything from any court; all I have heard is from outside. Although I have not gotten a court order, I must inform you that we do not condone certificate racketeering. It is not our concern if it is from one of our employees. “However, that certificate is not from us,” he insisted.
Peter Mbah’s NYSC discharge certificate has become a national issue, calling attention to the possibility of many public office holders gaining office with fake qualifications.
Mbah recently got a court order from a Federal High Court in Abuja, through his lawyer, Emeka Ozoani, SAN, restraining the NYSC and any of its personnel from commenting on the controversial certificate.
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