The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig-Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, on Tuesday met with the Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, over the protection of corps members in the state.
The scheme identified the corps members who was shot by political thugs during last Saturday’s fatal Ekiti bye-election, as Saidu Adamu with state code, EK/20B/1251.
Five persons were killed, including a policewoman in the violence that greeted the bye-election in Ward 7 of Omuo Ekiti in the Ekiti East Local Government Area of the state.
Ibrahim in his statement said the affected corps member was recuperating in the hospital.
The NYSC DG urged Nigerians to always protect corps members, especially those who volunteer to participate in the conduct of elections as ad hoc staff of Independent National Electoral Commission.
He said, “Our corps members are apolitical and patriotic. They are not indigenes of their states of service, as such their willingness to volunteer to deliver free, fair and credible elections goes a long way to show their patriotism.”
Governor Fayemi promised that his government would provide security and welfare of corps members serving in the state.
He condemned the violence experienced during last Saturday’s bye-election at Unit 7, Ward 7 of Omuo Ekiti in Ekiti East LGA.
“I tender an unreserved apology to the corps member and the entire NYSC family over the unfortunate incident. The administration in conjunction with security agencies are doing everything possible to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous crime.”
“I want to assure you that we will not leave any stone unturned until we apprehend the criminals behind this ugly development, and we will ensure they are severely punished so as to serve as a deterrent to others,” the governor stated.
He assured that the state government would foot the bill for the corps member’s medical treatment.