Barely two weeks after the murder of a female corps member, Yetunde Shukurat Idowu, in Ilorin, Kwara State, the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has announced the gruesome murder of another corps member, Akpanika Hope Frampton, who until his death served in Imo State.
According to a statement from the national secretariat of NYSC, Akpanika, who hailed from Calabar Municipal LGA of Cross River State, was murdered at his residence about 5p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015 with stabs of knife on his body. The late corps member, who was mobilised for the 2014 Batch ‘C’ and deployed to Imo State, was posted to Christ the Saviour Secondary School, Aboh Mbaise, for his primary assignment.
According to the statement:
The Director General of NYSC, Brig. General Johnson Olawumi, had dispatched a team of officers from the NYSC Directorate Headquarters, Abuja, led by the Director, Corps Welfare and Inspectorate, Mr. Michael Ahile, accompanied by the Head of Legal Unit, Mr. Ahmed Tijani Ibrahim and Assistant Director Protocol and Publicity, Mr. Eddy Megwa, to among other things visit the scene of the murder, liaise with security agencies and traditional institutions in Imo State to ensure that the murderers of this corps member are fished out and brought to justice.
The DG appealed to the security agencies, traditional rulers, and the good people of Imo State to do everything within their power to safeguard lives and property of corps members deployed to their states.
“The DG also called on corps employers and corps members’ host communities to see the safety and welfare of corps members posted to them as their primary responsibility. He warned that henceforth the NYSC will not fold its hands and allow criminal elements to continue to threaten its operations by mindless and senseless killing of corps members serving the nation.”
The management of NYSC however sympathised with the family and friends of the late corps member over the irreparable loss of a compatriot on national service.