By Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba
The pains inflicted on innocent Nigerians by election violence resonated on Friday as emotions were uncontrollable when the Director-General of the National Youth Service (NYSC) Scheme, Brig-General Johnson Olawumi, paid a condolence visit to the family of late Mr Samuel Dumebi Okonta, in Illah, Delta State.
Samuel Okonta, a youth corps member, was killed during the re-run election in Rivers State last week.
Tears flowed freely when relatives of the deceased received the NYSC director-general delegation, which included the Delta State Coordinator of the scheme, Mrs. Olive Essien-Etukudo and other senior officials in the agency.
He said that the gruesome murder of Samuel Chukwudumeibi Okonta in the same community where he was carrying out his national service was saddening.
Olawumi noted that the late corps-member had actually finished his assignment at the polling unit and was going home when he was shot dead along with two other persons by unidentified hoodlums who are still at large.
He nevertheless assured the family and entire Ilah Community that
No effort would be spared to apprehend and bring the killers of the political science graduate of Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo State, to justice.
The NYSC would not abandon the family in this time of grief, he promised, saying it would participate actively in the burial of the late corps-member after a postmortem by the Rivers State Government.
Nonetheless, Olawumi expressed his sense of loss when he wrote in the condolence register at the Illah home of Samuel Okonta: “It is so sad that you were cut down in the process of serving your nation.