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We’ll Not Pay Ransom For Kidnapped Corps Members, NYSC DG Warns

The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps [NYSC], Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has warned Corp members that the organisation will not pay ransom for any kidnapped member.

General Ibrahim made the announcement on Sunday during an unscheduled visit to corps members undergoing orientation programmes in Katsina and Borno States.

Speaking, the NYSC DG advised corps members to be cautious and security-conscious, and to cultivate the habit of retiring for the night by 6:00 p.m.


His visit on Sunday marks the second to Katsina within a week after his earlier last Tuesday following the death of three corps members that died in a ghastly road accident.

According to the NYSC spokesman in Katsina, Alex Oboameta, the DG said:

“The NYSC will never pay ransom if any corps member is kidnapped.

“Corps Members are therefore advised to secure themselves as much as possible to avoid being kidnapped.”

Oboameta, in a statement on the NYSC DG’s visit, added that General Ibrahim addressed the corps members in Katsina Camp where he urged them to be focused and be law-abiding.


In another development, NYSC has uncovered six persons who attempted to register with fake certificates during registration in its Orientation Camps in actualisation of its determination to weed out unqualified graduates from its mobilisation process and ensure more credibility.

Three of the culprits who were apprehended in Taraba State Orientation Camp claimed to have graduated from Istop University, Cotonou in Benin Republic.

They are; Nasiru Yau from Mass Communication department, Sheu Muktar – Computer Science and Iliyasu Usman from Sociology department.

It was discovered that none of them can neither write nor say anything logical about their certificates or courses of study.

In a similar vein, NYSC Verification Officers also detected two persons in Katsina State Orientation Camp during registration.

They are; Offor Blessing Chinelo KT/19B/3696 Call-Up-No, NYSC/ISU/2019/280122, with BSc result in Insurance and Actuarial Science, Mezenwa Ngozi Chidinma KT/19B/3836 with Call-Up-No NYSC/ISU/2019/259331 with a degree result in Education/English Language while the six suspected victim from the same camp is still under thorough screening.

However, the duo claimed to have graduated from Imo State University.

Meanwhile, they have been handed over to the police for further investigation.

In Kebbi State Orientation Camp, Dakingari, four persons were discovered to have come to camp with fake documents.

They are; Nwachukwu Chimaobi Curtis KB/19B/3046, Ononuju Amarachi Nwamaka KB/19B/3147, Francis Joseph Arinze KB/19B/3135 and Chigozie Evidence Chijioke KB/19B/ 3231.

NYSC Management had earlier issued stern warning that unqualified graduates would not be allowed to participate in National Service adding that anyone caught fake documents in its Orientation Camps would be handed over to the law enforcement agents for prosecution.

The Director-General while addressing Corps Members at Sokoto State Orientation Camp in Wamakko today urged them to abide by the Oath of Allegiance to the country which they swore to.

He counseled them to embrace Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development of the NYSC Scheme to empower themselves.

‘Identity you talents and harness it. Use the social Media positively, be decent and respect your dignity as graduates. Dont get involved in fraud, prostitution and any form of cybercrime’.

‘Dont endanger your safety. Your movement outside the state must be approved by the State Coordinator and do not go outside your place of abode to worship’.

‘Your parents are looking up to you to take care of them in their old age and we don’t want to lose any of you. Please let your colleagues know your movement’, the Director-General appealed.

The NYSC boss upon arrival in camp had earlier inspected Corps Members hostels, camp clinic, kitchen and other facilities.

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