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Enugu Governor-elect, Peter Mbah, slams N20bn suit on NYSC

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Enugu Governor-elect, Dr. Peter Mbah

• Alleges fraudulent misrepresentation of facts



Details have emerged on the lawsuit instituted by the Governor-elect of Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, against the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and its Director, Corps Certification, Ibrahim Muhammad, as he demands N20 billion in general and exemplary damages against the Defendants “jointly/severally; for conspiracy, deceit, and misrepresentation of facts”.

Recall that Justice Inyang Ekwo had on Monday, upon a motion ex-parte by Mbah’s counsel, Emeka Ozoani (SAN), sequel to the lawsuit, made “An order of interim injunction restraining the Defendants and Respondents whether by themselves, their directors, officers, servants, legal representatives, counsel or any other person or persons howsoever described and connected, 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. A808297 issued to the Plaintiff Barrister Mbah Peter Ndubuisi, in accordance with Section 11 of the NYSC Decree No. 51 of 1993 was not issued by NYSC pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this suit”.

However, it has emerged that besides the N20 billion damages pressed, Mbah, in the writ of summons by his counsel, is equally seeking a declaration that he participated in the NYSC scheme for one calendar year vide a call-up letter number FRN/2001/800351; Lagos code LA/01/1532 and upon completion was issued certificate of National Service No. A808297.

The writ also seeks: “A declaration that the Defendants (NYSC and its Director, Corps Certification) conspired by fraudulent design, suppressed and misrepresented facts in supposition that the Plaintiff’s certificate of National Service with number A808297 was not issued by the Defendants, a fact they knew or ought to know as untrue, incorrect, which act constitutes an act of conspiracy.

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“A declaration that the Defendants were negligent and maliciously misrepresented facts, which facts the Defendants know or ought to know as untrue and ought reasonably to have foreseen that damages would flow from such negligent misrepresentation of material facts.

“A declaration that the predominant purpose of the deceitful misrepresentation… was intended albeit to inflict damages in legal profession, politics, business, as it was to unlawfully profit the defendants.

“An order that the Plaintiff’s certificate of National Service number A808297 is authentic and was validly issued by the 1st defendant.

“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants either jointly/severally, their officers, servants in whatsoever manner and howsoever called from disclaiming/resiling/repudiating the certificate of National Service No. A808297 issued to the plaintiff, Barrister Peter Ndubuisi Mbah”.

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Meanwhile, in the affidavit in support of the Motion on Notice deposed by Grace Udeagha, a legal practitioner, the Governor-elect’s lawyers, Emeka Ozoani (SAN) and Co., stated, among others, that Mbah, “after graduating in Law from the University of East London in 2000, returned to Nigeria and as prerequisite to practice as a barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, applied and was admitted into the Bar Part I programme of the Nigerian Law School”.

She further deposed: “That the plaintiff upon completing the Bar Part I exam had to wait for the Bar Part II programme. He was advised that instead of idling away to proceed on the mandatory one year National Youth Service Corps Programme.

“That the plaintiff in view of the above was called up for the NYSC and was deployed to Lagos State, with the following particulars: Mbah Peter Ndubuisi; Call up letter No 01134613; reference No NYSC/FRN/2001/800351….

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“The Plaintiff/Applicant by letter dated 11th March, 2002, addressed to the Director, NYSC, Lagos State, Udeh & Associates accepted the Plaintiff’s posting/service vide Lagos State NYSC code LA/01/1532, NYSC No. NYSC/FRN/O1/800351…

“That the plaintiff in the course of his NYSC programme aforesaid and after six months of NYSC, the Nigerian law School scheduled the commencement of the Bar Part II programme usually called Bar Final for which the Plaintiff was offered admission to the Nigerian Law School. By a letter dated 20th June 2002, the plaintiff applied to the State Director, NYSC, for deferment of NYSC year 2001/2002 (annexed and marked as exhibit H.

“Pursuant to paragraph 12 and by a letter dated 01/10/02 from the NYSC Directorate headquarters vide Ref: NYSC/DHQ/CM/M/27 approved the Plaintiff’s application for deferment of NYSC Ref: LA/01/1532 of 6th August, 2002 (annexed and marked as exhibit I).

“That the Plaintiff by a letter of 3/04/2003 written in long hand through the State Director, Lagos State, to the Director-General, NYSC, National Directorate headquarters, Garki Abuja, applied for re-mobilisation, having successfully completed his Bar Final exam (letter dated 24/4/2003 annexed and marked exhibit J)”.

Continuing, Udeagha further deposed that by a letter from the Director, Lagos State NYSC Ref LA/01/1532/T dated 24/4/2003, to the Director-General, National Directorate headquarters, Area 3, Garki Abuja, the National Directorate headquarters wrote back stating, “I am directed to refer to your letter of 24th April, Reference No. LA/01/1532/T on the above subject matter and to request you to re-instate the corps member to continue his service year from where he stopped, with effect from May 2003”.

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She explained that the “T” was inserted as the last alphabet in the referencing implied “Temporary).

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She also deposed: “That pursuant to paragraph 16, the law firm of Udeh & Associates accepted the Plaintiff and he resumed duty on 27/05/2003. The said letter of acceptance and assumption of duty in the law firm of Udeh & Associates is hereby annexed and marked as exhibit M.

“That the plaintiff upon acceptance by the law firm of Udeh & Associates and assumption of duty in the said office was regularly issued with clearance letters to enable him receive monthly allowances. The letters were issued in chronological order thus: Letter dated 26th June for payment of allowance for the month of May and June, 2003; Letter dated 29th August, 2003, for payment for the months of July and August, 2003; letter dated 8th September, 2003 for payment of September, 2003.

“That the final letter issued to the plaintiff was dated 16th September, 2003. In the said letter, the plaintiff was recommended most unreservedly as a fit and proper person to be discharged from service. These letters numbered from (a-d) are hereby annexed and marked as exhibits N-N3.

“That the plaintiff upon completion of his NYSC service, was issued the NYSC certificate No. A808297 dated 6th January, 2003, certifying that he completed the one year of NYSC from 7th January, 2002 to 6th January 2003”.

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Helicopter carrying Iran’s President Raisi crashes in mountains, official says

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• Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi


A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister crashed on Sunday as it was crossing mountain terrain in heavy fog on the way back from a visit to the border with Azerbaijan, an Iranian official told Reuters.

The official said the lives of Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian were “at risk following the helicopter crash”.

“We are still hopeful but information coming from the crash site is very concerning,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The bad weather was complicating rescue efforts, the state news agency IRNA reported.

State TV stopped all its regular programming to show prayers being held for Raisi across the country and, in a corner of the screen, live coverage of rescue teams searching the mountainous area on foot in heavy fog.

 

Iran’s President Raisi in crashed helicopter

The 63-year-old was elected president at the second attempt in 2021, and since taking office has ordered a tightening of morality laws, overseen a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests and pushed hard in nuclear talks with world powers.

In Iran’s dual political system, split between the clerical establishment and the government, it is the supreme leader rather than the president who has the final say on all major policies.

But many see Raisi as a strong contender to succeed his 85-year-old mentor, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has strongly endorsed Raisi’s main policies.

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Interior Minister Ahmed Vahidi told state TV only that one of the helicopters in a group of three had come down hard, and that authorities were awaiting further details.

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Raisi had been at the Azerbaijani border to inaugurate the Qiz-Qalaisi Dam, a joint project.

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Enugu Terminal stations: Abakpa, Gariki traders hail Gov. Mbah over extension of relocation period

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The proposed Enugu Modern Terminal

…endorse construction of terminal stations



Traders and other business owners at the popular Abakpa and Gariki markets in Enugu have commended Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State over his act of magnanimity which led to the extension of the time given to them to relocate after the original quit notice given to them in September 2023 expired in April 2024.

Recall that the state government, in a public service announcement and letters written by the Commissioner of Transportation, Dr. Obi Ozor, served traders occupying government-owned Enugu State Transport Company (ENTRACO) premises adjacent to Abakpa Market, and Gariki Motor Park also owned by the state government, notices of intention of government to recover premises in 2023.

Copies of the letters sighted by newsmen indicated that Enugu State Government owns the premises built for motor parks, which subsequently became market hubs for traders and passengers operating in the vicinities.

At the Market Road, also known as Holy Ghost Park, clearing and demolition of temporary structures commenced on 10th May after seven clear month notices were served on property and business owners, followed by compensations and provision of alternative temporary locations.

Speaking at Gariki Market on Saturday, a cosmetics trader, Mr. Monday Ndukwe, said they received notice from the state government informing them of the government’s proposed terminal stations and the need for traders in the premises to relocate as demolition would commence in April.

“First, we were invited by the state government on different occasions both at the Government House and at the Ministry of Transport where we were informed of the development. This happened sometime between September and October 2023. After that, they served us with notices and gave us six months grace. The notice expired in March 2024, but government didn’t come for the demolition, so we stayed back.

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“Sometime in May 2024, the state government came again to remind us about the need to evacuate. So, we prepared our minds since the notice given to us had already expired. After that, we heard that they had started work at Holy Ghost and that they would also do the same thing at Abakpa and Gariki. You see that we had already removed all our belongings. However, government has not come. So we want to thank the governor for his patience and for extending the grace period,” Mr. Ndukwe added.

Narrating her preparedness for the development, a middle-aged woman who sells pampers and other children’s items, Ijeoma Egodi, said she was not in panic as she had already relocated to a shop opposite the park, stressing that traders welcomed the terminal station as a development that would boost the economy of the area.

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At the park, a bus driver who shuttles to Akpugo, Okoh Nnam, said the governor had proved to be humane and friendly through the extension gesture of over a month after the notices served on them had expired in March.

“I want to thank Governor Peter Mbah and all his team for consulting with us and for giving us time to relocate to another good place. Even as I am talking to you now, we are all ready for the work to commence because the government has promised that we are all going to be beneficiaries of the development,” he added.

At Abakpa Market, the story was the same at the ENTRACO Park as most of the transport owners had already relocated to their new sites while traders in the premises had secured alternative shops and continued with their trading.

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Addressing our correspondent, Mrs. Njideka Ogbodo, who sells utensils in one of the kiosks at the park, said she had secured a new shop that was better than the kiosk and hoped for a higher patronage.

“I’m almost done removing my goods because I have got a new shop. Come and see it. It’s more spacious and secure. I want to appreciate the governor for the time he gave us. We thought he would commence work in March but he decided to extend the time to enable us prepare ourselves,” she said.

A market leader at the Abakpa Market, Chief Igwesi Onyema, told our correspondent that they had been interfacing with the government for more time which led to the extension period of over one month.

“As you might have read in the news that government wanted to build a terminal station here, and had served everyone here with notices. We received it, and we held meetings amongst ourselves. We couldn’t meet the March deadline and we pleaded with the government to extend it by one month. That’s ending of April. Government yielded and it’s even getting to two months. Although we have all removed our belongings but we want to thank the governor for all the projects he is doing and for the terminal station. We are in support of it, and we will give all our support to see that everything goes well. Let me also thank him for the roads he is reconstructing here in Abakpa. We are happy with his administration,” he further noted.

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Oleksandr Usyk is undisputed world heavyweight champion, beats Tyson Fury by split decision

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Oleksandr Usyk did enough to earn a split decision victory in his fight with Tyson Fury on Sunday.


Two judges scored in his favour – 115-113 and 114-113 with the other giving it to Fury at 114-113.

Usyk’s victory is boxing’s first undisputed world heavyweight championship in 25 years, an unprecedented feat in the four-belt era.

Britain’s Fury was the early aggressor but Usyk gradually took charge and the staggered “Gypsy King” was saved by the bell in the ninth round before recovering.

Usyk was undisputed at cruiserweight and he is now undisputed at heavyweight.

Tyson Fury who feels he won the fight says he is ready for a rematch in October.

Oleksandr Usyk wants that rematch too.

Usyk in reaction to the victory said: “Thank you so much to my team. It’s a big opportunity for my family, for me, for my country. It’s a great time, it’s a great day.

“Yes, of course. I am ready for a rematch.”

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The Ukranian joins the likes of Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis and Mike Tyson as undisputed heavyweight champion, the first since boxing recognised four major belts in the 2000s.

With the win, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion can legitimately claim to be the best of this era.

Britain’s Lennox Lewis was the last man to unify the heavyweight belts — three at the time — after beating Evander Holyfield in 1999.

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