The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Yush’au Ahmed, says efforts are ongoing to secure the release of the remaining five prospective corps members abducted in Zamfara State.
Ahmed made this known at an interactive session with the House of Representatives Committee on Youth Development in Abuja on Thursday, September 21, 2023.
The NYSC DG disclosed that of the eight prospective corps members abducted on their way to the orientation camp in Sokoto State in August 2023, three had been released.
He added that all relevant security agencies have been working in synergy with the traditional and religious leaders to secure the release of the five corps members.
“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 said.
Ahmed stated that the released corps members had been redeployed to Abuja and given proper medical attention.
The NYSC DG advised against traveling at night, saying it is against the safety tips given to all corps and prospective members.
He, therefore, urged strict adherence to all the safety tips issued by the NYSC to prevent future occurrences.
Speaking, the Chairman of the House Committee on Youth Development, Martins Esin, said the House is worried about the situation of the corps members.
He stated that the interactive session was organised to get first-hand information on the situation of the prospective corps members in captivity.
Esin said: “I am happy, we are happy with the work so far done on the release of those still in captivity, I like the engagements with sister agencies to secure them.
“Based on the interaction we have had, I am certain in my spirit that these prospective corps members will be reunited with their families.
“We are calling on all stakeholders to support the NYSC ensure the security of lives and property of corps members.
“Continue to be on top of the situation but if we notice a derail, we will be the first to raise the red flag.”
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