The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has expressed its dissatisfaction with the recent judgement delivered by the Federal High Court, Abuja, regarding the authenticity of Enugu State Governor Peter Mbah’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate.
Governor Mbah had filed a N20 billion lawsuit against NYSC after the institution disavowed the certificate he had been presenting.
The court ruled in favor of the governor, prompting HURIWA to condemn the decision.
Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, the National Coordinator of HURIWA, commended NYSC for maintaining its stance that the certificate in question was not issued by the institution. HURIWA praised NYSC for being an example of an institution with zero tolerance for corruption.
However, the group criticized the judge’s directive for NYSC to prosecute Governor Mbah if they believed the certificate was forged.
HURIWA argued that NYSC lacks the legal authority to act as a public prosecutor in cases of certificate forgery.
Onwubiko pointed out that the interpretation of the NYSC Act by Justice Inyang Ekwo is erroneous, emphasizing that the NYSC does not have the authority to prosecute Governor Mbah.
The group highlighted that the Inspector General of Police is actively investigating the allegations against the governor.
This controversy surrounding the NYSC certificate of Enugu State Governor Peter Mbah raises questions about the legal implications and the roles of different institutions in addressing such matters.