Efforts Underway to Rescue Kidnapped Corps Members, Assures NYSC DG

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By Akinsuroju Abiodun Olubunmi

Efforts Underway to Rescue Kidnapped Corps Members, Assures NYSC DG

Efforts Underway to Rescue Kidnapped Corps Members, Assures NYSC DG

Efforts are in motion to secure the release of the remaining five prospective corps members who were abducted in Zamfara, according to the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen. Yush’au Ahmed. He provided this assurance during an interactive session with the House of Representatives Committee on Youth Development in Abuja.


Out of the eight prospective corps members kidnapped in August 2023 en route to the orientation camp in Sokoto state, three have already been released, Ahmed disclosed. He emphasized that various security agencies are collaborating with traditional and religious leaders to expedite the release of the remaining five.


“We are making efforts to see that we get the children out of captivity. From all the signs we are receiving, we are hopeful we will get them as soon as possible,” he stated.


Ahmed further mentioned that the released corps members have been redeployed to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and have received necessary medical attention.


The DG strongly advised against night travel, highlighting that it contradicts the safety guidelines provided to all corps and prospective members. He urged strict adherence to these safety tips to prevent future incidents.


Chairman of the House Committee on Youth Development, Rep. Martins Esin, expressed concern about the situation of the abducted corps members. He emphasized that the interactive session aimed to gather firsthand information regarding their status.


Esin commended the efforts made thus far in securing the release of those still in captivity and urged all stakeholders to support the NYSC in ensuring the safety of corps members. He also encouraged proactive rehabilitation programs for the victims upon their release to aid their reintegration into society.


In addition, Esin called for the strengthening of travel advice mechanisms to enhance compliance. He pledged legislative support to advance the NYSC scheme, given the President’s demonstrated commitment to youth welfare.

The committee resolved that the management of NYSC should visit the families of the victims and provide updates on the progress made.

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