NYSC denies asking Corps members to prepare to pay ransom

By Ada Okafor

The National Youth Sevice Corps (NYSC) has dissociated its management from a material making the round claiming that the Corps had asked Youth Corps members making any journey across the country to prepare to make arrangements for a relation to pay ransome if they are kidnapped.

In a statement, the NYSC management described the statement as “fake”, stressing that it did not emanate from the Corps.

The fake statement being circulated on the social media is to the effect that “Corps Members travelling on  ‘high risk roads’ should alert their families,  friends and colleagues in order to have somebody to pay off the ransom that could be demanded in the event of being kidnapped”. 

According to NYSC, “Management wishes to emphatically state that the clause quoted is not embedded in NYSC Security Tips pamphlet which was put together by a highly respected retired security expert.

“Management wishes to appeal to the general public to always clarify issues with the Scheme”, before making such public and attributing same to the NYSC. 

The statement further added: “Please,  be wary of falling prey to the antics of mischief makers out to ridicule the Scheme.

“Management shall continue to prioritise the security and welfare of Corps Members and staff at all times”.

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