The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said that it has warned corps members against travelling at night following the abduction of eight corps members in Zamfara State on August 19.
During an interview with Channels TV, NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations Eddy Megwa emphasized this point.
The abducted corps members were en route from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, to Sokoto State, with Zamfara State as their national service destination. Megwa stated that adhering to the NYSC’s warning not to travel after 6 p.m. could have prevented their kidnapping.
Megwa added that the NYSC management is actively working to secure the safe release of the abducted corps members. He urged both prospective and active corps members to adhere to the NYSC’s safety guidelines, including avoiding nighttime travel.
He said, “Let not look at the NYSC as if we are living in a different world. NYSC is part of Nigerian society. You and I know the kind of security situation we have in the country, it is not selective, some students are kidnapped at a point, government officials, even young children at primary and nursery schools are kidnapped.
“So NYSC or corps members are not living in a different world, but we have made it categorically clear. We told our corps members please don’t travel in the night. In their call up letters, we stated this clearly. We said please anywhere you are, once it is 6pm cut short your trip.
“Find a park, police station, military barracks or corps lodge or anywhere you think is safe. Park and continue your journey tomorrow.
“Now this issue in question, they got to that point around 8pm and that Funtua road is very deadly. In fact all passengers the moment they get to that place by 6pm they parked but this driver continued with his trip.
“Per chance they did not travel at night, per chance they slept at a safe place at 6pm, all these issues we are talking about wouldn’t have happened. However, it has happened and it is our responsibility and responsibility of Nigerians to get ensure we get them back safe and good.
“There are security measures we put in place to make sure that such issues will not happen. When you go to our orientation camps, we have our security modalities that are put in place to ensure security bridges does not occur while in orientation camps.
“NYSC is very proactive, even before the commencement of the orientation camps we made publications in traditional media, we told them specifically please do not travel in the night, the management has done everything that they need to do.”