On the 25th of January, 2020, the Management of the National Youth Service Corps received a disturbing report that some Corps Members serving in Akwa-lbom State, deployed to electoral duties in respect of House of Representatives and Senatorial Elections were abducted at gunpoint by some political thugs after they had collected some sensitive materials meant for their assignments.
Regrettably, the hoodlums seized their mobile phones in order to foreclose any communication with the NYSC Distress Call Centre or security agencies for a rescue operation.
Notwithstanding the apparent threat to their lives, the abductees refused to do the obnoxious bidding of the political thugs.
Therefore, the Scheme wishes to salute the Corps Members for the rare display of courage, patriotism, integrity, discipline and team spirit which are the hallmarks of the National Youth Service Corps.
However, just like Management has always admonished in the face of danger, particularly that occasioned by electoral malpractices, Corps Members are strongly advised to secure their lives first and thereafter make a detailed report of such incident when they are out of harm’s way.
Gratifyingly, as at the time of going to the press, all the abducted Corps Members have been released unhurt and the political thugs numbering 79 rounded up by security agencies.
While urging the parents and relatives of the Corps Members to remain calm as the situation is under control, Management wishes to appeal to the political gladiators cutting across political parties in the country to eschew the politics of bitterness and desperation which most often than not put Corps Members who have been called up for Service by the Nation on collision course with thugs.
Management hastens to reiterate that Corps Members are non-partisan, and shall always remain loyal to the Nation in the discharge of their duties. The Scheme shall continue to place a high premium on its security in collaboration with all the security agencies in the country.
News source:- NYSC Social Media Platform.