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Corps Member’s Death: NYSC Talks Tough

..Tasks security agencies to unravel cause

Raphael Ekpang, Abuja

The National Youth Service Corps has called on the security agencies and the Emir of Ilorin to unravel the cause of the death of one of its corps members in Ilorin, Kwara State capital. Miss Idowu Yetunde Shukurat, a 2014 batch ‘B’ corps member from Ogun State, was last seen on Saturday, May 23, 2015 when she informed her colleagues that she was going to Shop rite located at Fate road in Ilorin for shopping.

It was gathered thereafter, that Yetunde’s lifeless body was later found on Sunday in GRA area of Ilorin with her head butchered. Reacting to the unfortunate incident, the Director General of NYSC, Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawumi strongly condemned the killing, insisting that the scheme will no longer take it lightly with any form of attack on its corps members again.

In a statement signed yesterday, in Abuja by NYSC Director of Press and Public Relation, Mrs. Abosede Aderibigbe, the DG said they had visited the state police command, the Department of State Security as well as Emir of Ilorin so that the perpetrators would be brought to book and prevent re-occurrence. “The visit is to among other things, register our pains and displeasure over the death of corps member, Idowu Yetunde, to implore the security agents in the State and the Traditional Rulers to unravel the circumstance that led to the death of the corps member and subsequently bring the culprits to justice.”

He said, “The National Youth Service Corps will not continue to tolerate the abuse, harassment, intimidation and cold-blooded killing of corps members that are deployed to serve their fatherland during the service year.” “The management wishes to stress that it is the corporate responsibility of all Nigerians to ensure that corps members deployed to all parts of the country for the one-year mandatory service are accorded all assistance regarding their security and well-being.

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