Nigeria

NYSC member dies in hospital while two others drown in Nassarawa

Three members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, serving in Assakio area of the Lafia East Development Area, Nasarawa State, have been confirmed dead.

Punch reports that two of the deceased are identified as Oguntola Wasiu-Babatunde and Danjuma Jamil-Salihu, reportedly drowned in a swimming pool, while their female counterpart, Memuna Ahmad-Yarwa, died from complications during a childbirth.

Wasiu-Babatunde hailed from Ogun state while Jamil-Salihu is an indigene of Kwara state.

Their bodies were found floating on the bank of Assakio River area on Sunday.

The State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps, Mrs Zainab Isah, said: “I received the shocking news from the Assistant Commissioner of Police in the state. He said two corps members drowned in the Assakio River.”

The State Coordinator expressed sadness over the incident and prayed that God grant them eternal rest and grant their family the fortitude to bear the loss.

The female corps member who was a Batch B, Stream II female corps member posted to Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, was said to have been buried according to the Islamic rites, while the corpses of the male victims had been deposited in a morgue.

Mrs Isah also confirmed the kidnap of a corps member serving in Udege Development Area of the state by gunmen at about 1 pm on Friday.

The victim and four others were returning from a bank to their various place of primary assignment when the lady was abducted.

It was also gathered that N5m ransom was paid to the kidnappers before the victim was released.

The state coordinator dismissed rumour that the victim was allegedly r*ped by her abductors.

“I took the victim, Blessing Kelechi, a Batch ‘A,’ Stream I corps member, who hails from Abia State, to the Federal Medical Center, Lafia, where she underwent a medical test which dismisses the rumour making the round that the corps member was raped by her kidnappers.

“The corps members were allegedly robbed by gunmen. Kelechi is presently in my custody. I am going to hand her over to the Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Al-Makura.

“No ransom was paid before her release, but she was beaten by the kidnappers.

“At the time the victim was kidnapped, she was in her menstruation period and the assault made her bleed more.”

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