Enugu state Governor-elect, Peter Mbah, has taken legal action against the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), filing a N20 billion lawsuit at the Federal High Court. Mbah alleges conspiracy, deceit, and misrepresentation of facts on the part of the NYSC.

On Monday, Justice Inyang Ekwo granted an ex-parte motion filed by Mbah’s counsel, Mr. Emeka Ozoani (SAN), effectively preventing the NYSC from discrediting Mbah’s certificate. The governor-elect seeks a declaration that he participated in the NYSC scheme, having been issued a call-up letter with the reference number FRN/2001/800351 and Lagos code LA/01/1532. He maintains that upon completion of the program, he received National Service Certificate No. A808297.

Mbah accuses the NYSC of fraudulent collusion, deliberate suppression of facts, and misrepresentation, claiming that they falsely assert that his certificate of national service was not issued by them. He contends that this assertion is baseless and constitutes an act of conspiracy on their part.

Furthermore, Mbah seeks a declaration that the defendants were negligent and malicious in their misrepresentation of facts, despite knowing or should have known that the information was false. He argues that they should have foreseen the damages resulting from their negligent misrepresentation of material facts.

An affidavit supporting the motion on notice was deposed by Ms. Grace Udeagha. It states that Mbah, after completing his law degree at the University of East London in 2000, returned to Nigeria and applied for admission into the Bar Part I program at the Nigerian Law School. The affidavit further explains that Mbah participated in the NYSC program after being deployed to Lagos State with specific details, including call-up letter number 01134613 and reference number NYSC/FRN/2001/800351.