Court restrains NYSC from issuing disclaimer against Enugu Gov-Elect, Mbah

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has restrained the National Youth Service Corps NYSC and its Director, Corps Certification, Ibrahim Muhammad, from Issuing disclaimer regarding the certificate of national service issued on 6th January, 2003 to the Enugu State Governor-elect, Barrister Peter Mbah was not issued by the Corps. Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order following an ex parte motion filed by Emeka Ozoani SAN, on behalf of the applicant.

Ozoani brought the motion under Section 13(1) & (2) of the Federal High Court Act Cap F12, Vol. 6, Law of Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and Order 26 Rule 6(1) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2019. After hearing Mbah’s counsel, Justice Ekwo granted an order of interim injunction restraining the Defendants and their directors, officers, servants, legal representatives, counsel or any other persons from issuing, publishing or continued to issue, publish disclaimer to the effect that the NYSC certificate of National Service dated 6th January, 2003, certificate No. A.808297 issued to the Plaintiff Barrister Mbah Peter Ndubuisi, in accordance with Section 11 of the National Youth Service Corps Decree No. 51 of 1993 was not issued by the National Youth Service Corps pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction filed in this suit”.

Consequently, the trial judge ordered the applicant to serve the defendants with court processes within two days of the order. The motion ex parte was predicated on 10 grounds, which are as follows: “The plaintiff states that after graduating in law from the University of East London in 2000, retuned to Nigeria and as a pre-requisite to practice as Barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, applied and was admitted into the Bar part 1 programme of the Nigerian Law School. Mbah said upon completing the Bar Part 1 Exam, he had to wait for the Bar Part 2 programme, and was advised that instead of spending time idling around, he should proceed to the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps programme.

The plaintiff said he was called up for the NYSC and was deployed initially to Nigerian Ports Authority Apapa Quays for his primary assignment but was rejected by NPA, before securing the law firm of Ude & Associates. “The plaintiff in the course of his service year and after six months of NYSC, applied and was admitted approval to defer the NYSC in other to enable him complete the Bar final exam. “Thereafter, the plaintiff was re mobilized to finish the NYSC programme, which he did complete”.

Mbah averred that upon completion of the NYSC service, he was issued the certificate of National Service No. A.808297 dated 6th January 2003.

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