NYSC denies Offering To Pay A Ransom To Free Four Kidnapped Corps Members In Zamfara

NYSC Denies Ransom Payment Amidst Zamfara Kidnappings

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) vehemently refuted a widespread claim suggesting payment to terrorists for the release of abducted corps members in Zamfara.

NYSC noted that since their release, it is shouldering the responsibility of their medical bills where they are recuperating

Eddy Megwa, NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, clarified in a press statement that security operatives facilitated the rescue of the corps members, emphasizing that no money exchanged hands with the terrorists throughout the rescue operation.

The security landscape in Nigeria has become increasingly precarious, with reports of abductions and attacks on civilians becoming distressingly common. The recent kidnapping of four NYSC members in Zamfara highlighted the vulnerability of even those who dedicate themselves to national service. The victims were taken captive by unknown gunmen, and their abduction stirred public concern, sparking a nationwide conversation on the safety of those serving in remote or volatile regions.

As news of the abduction spread, so did rumors suggesting that a ransom had been paid to secure the release of the kidnapped corps members. This raised questions about the efficacy of security measures in place and the potential consequences of negotiating with criminal elements. Such allegations not only fuel public anxiety but also cast a shadow on the integrity of institutions involved in securing the safety of citizens.

The statement reads: “The attention of NYSC Management has been drawn to the news making the rounds in the public that Akwa Ibom Government and some concerned individuals paid for the release of the kidnapped prospective corps members.

“To put the records straight, the release of the prospective corps members kidnapped in Zamfara State on their way to report at the orientation camp in Sokoto State was primarily the result of the combined effort of the security agents and the National Youth Service Corps. It is also noteworthy to state that no state government, individual, or agency paid any amount in the guise of ransom before their release.

“The management of National Youth Service Corps, since their release, is shouldering the responsibility of their medical bills where they are recuperating.

“The management therefore disassociates itself from the claim that Akwa Ibom State Government or any other state Government paid money for their release.

“The management of the scheme is very much aware of different account numbers and names currently being circulated in the public calling for financial donations towards paying ransom for the release of the prospective corps members.

“It is however impressive to note that so far the management of National Youth Service corps and security agents have succeeded in securing the release of four (4) out of the eight (8) kidnapped prospective corps members without paying any amount of money and still working relentlessly towards securing the release of the remaining prospective corps members in the hands of the kidnappers.”

“The National Youth Service Corps is ever committed towards the welfare and security of the corps members and will continue to intensify synergy with security agencies towards the safety of the corps members,” it added.

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