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INEC Pledges Security For NYSC Members For 2019 Polls

Sign MoU on Corps Members Security


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pledged to secure the lives and welfare of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members it plans to employ for the 2019 general elections.

To that end, INEC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NYSC administration.

The move is in a bid to forestall violent attacks on Corps members, the sort witnessed during the 2011 general elections which incidence claimed the lives of about 18 Corp members.

The Director General of NYSC, Brig. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure gave the assurances in Jalingo on Friday, during a working tour to the orientation camp in Taraba State, reports ThisDay.

According to Gen. Kazaure, the lives of Corp members that would work as ad-hoc staff will be adequately protected.

He said: “Corp members would work as ad hoc staff for the elections but we have signed a memorandum of understanding with INEC which will guarantee the safety of the live of every Corp member.”

Besides, the DG noted that NYSC was in constant touch with other security agencies as part of efforts to ensure that every Corp member is adequately secured.

It could be recalled that over 800 people lost their lives in the aftermath of the violence that broke out after the 2011 election which supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari orchestrated.

During the raging violence, some youth corpers were killed, whereas about 65,000 persons were displaced.

Sources say that President Buhari was dragged to the International Criminal Court of Justice [ICC], The Hagues, whee he is being investigated for the killings.

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