The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) said that 17 corps members were accosted on Abuja-Kaduna road by some armed robbers whose sporadic gunshots killed a corps member, Bomoi Yusuf.
Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, Director, Press and Public Relations, of NYSC, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
“The true position is that, indeed, 17 corps members that completed the 2020 Batch “B” Stream 1B orientation programme at Ede, Osun State, on Tuesday, Dec. 22 and boarded vehicles heading towards the northern part of the country.
“Tragically, along Jere-Abuja Expressway, they were accosted by a gang of armed robbers, whose sporadic gunshots unfortunately felled one of the corps member, Bomoi Yusuf.
“It is imperative to state that the 16 other corps members were never abducted,” she said.
Adeyemi, however, stressed that the death of any corps member was a big loss, not just to his family, but also to the scheme and the entire nation at large.
“Management wishes to convey its deepest condolences to the family of the late corps member, Yusuf, and prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the painful loss,” she said.
She said that the Director-General of the scheme, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, had admonished all corps members to adhere strictly to the safety guidelines issued to them from time to time, which particularly warned them against night travels.