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Wike Demands Investigation Of Killing Of NYSC Member

Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has called for a through investigation of the death of a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), late Okonta Samuel, who was killed during last Saturday legislative re-run elections.
Wike made the call yesterday in Port Harcourt when he paid a courtesy call on the management of the State NYSC office along Ikwerre Road, Mile 1, Diobu.
He announced that the State Government would provide all necessary assistance for the police to investigate the killing of the corps member, with a view to identifying those responsible for the dastardly act and prosecuting them.
Wike lamented that the corps member died serving the nation and assured that the Rivers State Government would take care of the family of the late corps member.
The governor observed that the death was even more painful because the corps member was an orphan who suffered through schooling and was on the verge of being of help to his immediate family.
According to Wike: “The death of this corps member is unfortunate and condemnable. I urge the Police to thoroughly investigate the crime. The outcome of the investigation should be made public so that those involved are prosecuted. The killing of this corps member must not be swept under the carpet.
“I call for post mortem on the corpse of the corps member so that we can ascertain the type of bullet and type of gun that killed him. The post mortem will also determine who bears that type of gun that killed the corps member “.
The governor assured that his administration would also take measures to improve security in the state, adding that steps would be taken to ensure that the incident does not reoccur.
Wike also announced that Rivers State Government would immortalise Mr Samuel Okonta, as well as increased the monthly allowance of corps members serving outside Port Harcourt from N10, 000 to N15000 while corps members serving in Port Harcourt get N10000 instead of N5000.
Responding, the State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs Ngozi Nwatarali, commended the governor for commiserating with the NYSC at its moment of grief and appealed for greater protection for corps members during elections.
Speaking on behalf of the family of Okonta, Alex Edeabeatu thanked the Governor for his gesture and pointed out that the late corps member was a shining light.

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