The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has through its social media page on Facebook reacted to the viral report which went live yesterday about the killing of a corps member and graduate of University of Benin, UNIBEN, in Yenagoa over mobile phone and cash.
NYSC in the statement released on its social media page claimed that contrary to reports, the deceased identified as Samuel Collins was not a serving corps member.
The statement reads:
RE: GUNMEN KILL NYSC MEMBER IN YENAGOA OVER MOBILE PHONE, CASH
The attention of the NYSC Management has been drawn to a news story published by some online newspapers with the above headline about the killing of one, Mr. Samuel Collins, by gunmen suspected to be cultists in Bayelsa State.
Management wishes to state that, contrary to the impression created in the report, the deceased was not a Corps member.
A search through our records in Bayelsa State showed no such name as Samuel Collins on the list of serving Corps members.
For the avoidance of doubt, Police in the state have identified the deceased as staff of a Yenagoa-based agency.
While sympathizing with the bereaved family, we take exception to the misrepresentation of facts in that report, which is capable of sensationalizing the issue of safety and general welfare of our Corps members.
Management urges Corps members serving in Bayelsa State as well as their parents and guardians to remain calm as we remain committed to working with relevant stakeholders to ensure their continued safety.