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DSS disputes NYSC’s certificate forgery claims against Enugu Governor, Mbah

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The Department of State Security (DSS) has rejected the allegations made by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) against Enugu State Governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Peter Mbah, stating that he forged his NYSC discharge certificate.

In a statement presented under oath by its representative, Yahaya Isa Mohammed, during the ongoing Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, the DSS clarified its position as two witnesses testified in support of Mbah’s defence on Wednesday.

The investigation into the discharge certificate controversy began following a petition by Mbah dated February 8, 2023. The DSS found that the certificates in question, including Mbah’s, were legitimately issued to Corps members in Lagos, contrary to the NYSC’s claim.

The DSS expressed concern over the NYSC’s misplacement of Mbah’s original file and its use of a temporary file for him. Additionally, the Corps was unable to trace the recipients of twelve certificates (A808297 to A808308).

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“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,” said Mohammed, adding that blaming Mbah for the record-keeping failure would be unjust.

The investigation revealed a series of correspondences between Mbah and the NYSC, indicating that he did not take any action without the NYSC’s approval. Furthermore, the difference in Mbah’s certificate number compared to others mobilized at the same time resulted from the NYSC’s inability to trace the initial file where the first certificate (A678) was.

According to the DSS, the NYSC’s claim that “8 Series” certificates were not issued in Lagos State was refuted when certificates in that series were discovered to have been issued to some Corps members who served in Lagos.

The agency emphasized that the documents submitted by Mbah and the NYSC were verified and consistent. These documents included correspondence between Mbah and the NYSC, call-up and posting letters, clearance letters from his service at Udeh & Associates law firm in Lagos, and his NYSC Certificate of National Service (A808297).

The DSS recommended that the NYSC retract its initial statement claiming that Peter Ndubuisi Mbah’s certificate was not issued by them. It also urged relevant authorities, including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), to be informed of the investigation’s outcome and asked the NYSC to explain the unaccounted certificates (A808297 to A808308).

During the proceedings, Mbah’s counsel presented two witnesses, F.S.A Uzoh and Isa Mohammed, who effectively debunked the allegations of non-qualification and non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

The case is expected to continue as the tribunal assesses the evidence presented by both parties.

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138

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