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Tribunal Shockingly Clears Mbah of Alleged NYSC Certificate Forgery

The Department of State Security (DSS) has debunked claims by the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) the Governor of Enugu State and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the March 18 governorship election, Peter Mbah, forged his NYSC discharge certificate.

The DSS made its position known in a written statement on oath adopted by its representative, Mr Yahaya Isa Mohammed, at the ongoing Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal as Mbah called two witnesses to open his defence on Wednesday.

  1. The investigation

Giving evidence, the subpoenaed DSS Deputy Director, Operations and Strategic Department said the security agency commenced an investigation into the discharge certificate controversy, following a petition to it by Mbah dated February 8, 2023.

  1. NYSC’s misplacement of Mbah’s file

The DSS said the certificates in a series that included Mbah’s were found to have been issued to Corps members in Lagos, contrary to the NYSC’s claim. It frowned on the NYSC’s misplacement of Mbah’s original file and opened a temporary one for him, noting that the Corps was also unable to trace to whom or which state or states of the federation 12 of its certificates, A808297 to A808308, were issued.

  1. The outcome of the investigation

The security agency said, “The failure of the NYSC to maintain a proper record-keeping system was the cause of its inability to trace Peter Ndubuisi Mbah’s initial certificate”, adding “It would be wrong for the NYSC to blame Peter Ndubuisi Mbah for its own failure in record keeping”. Mohammed said the investigation revealed: “That there were exchanges of correspondences between Mbah and the NYSC at every stage of their interactions. Mbah did not take any action without the NYSC’s approval.

  1. The NYSC’s lack of record-keeping system
  1. Thorough job not done by the NYSC
  1. The mix-up in Mbah’s record
  1. The difference in Mbah’s certificate number
  1. Additional findings by the DSS

According to him, “from the documents presented by NYSC regarding certificate numbers, about twelve (12) certificate numbers (A808297-A808308) which include that of Mbah, remained unaccounted for in the eight (8) series by the NYSC.”

  1. Recommendations by the DSS

The agency, therefore recommended: “That the NYSC should retract its initial letter that Peter Ndubuisi Mbah’s certificate was not issued by it, as it has failed to trace its records for twelve (12) certificates (A808297-A808308), inclusive of Peter Ndubuisi Mbah’s. “That the NYSC, the petitioner as well as other relevant action agencies such as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) be intimated about the outcome of the investigation. “That the NYSC be requested to explain how twelve (12) certificates with serial numbers (A808297 to A808308) are still unaccounted for, as well as be requested to trace the said certificates”.

  1. The conclusion of the DSS

Meanwhile, the DSS said it came to its conclusion relying, among others, on the verified documents submitted by Mbah and the NYSC, most of which it said were “one and the same”.

  1. Documents tendered by Mbah

Documents tendered by Mbah, according to the agency, include the correspondence between Mbah and the NYSC at every stage of their interactions: Mbah’s call-up letter with Serial Number: 0134613, Reference Number: NYSC/FRN/2001/800351 and deployment State – (Lagos State); and Mbah’s posting letter with reference number LA/01/1532 to Udeh & Associates for his primary assignment.

  1. The witnesses in court

Addressing journalists, a member of the counsel to Mbah, Mr Ikechukwu Onuoma, said all the allegations raised against his client had been convincingly debunked by the two witnesses. “Today, during the proceedings, we had opened our case with evidence by Dr. F.S.A Uzoh adopting the Statement on Oath. He gave evidence in the areas in dispute as the State Collation Agent,” Onuoma said. “We also had the second witness, Isa Mohammed, who is a staff of the DSS. He investigated the alleged certificate, which the petitioners stated was not issued by the NYSC. And he also debunked that allegation clearly in the witness box. “With these two witnesses, we think that we fielded credible witnesses in order to debunk the two grounds. And these two grounds are first, the grounds of non-qualification as alleged by the petitioner. “The second is the ground of alleged non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act. And we think that these two witnesses have sufficiently debunked those allegations and with that we have closed our case for the 2nd Respondent, Dr. Peter Mbah”.

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