Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing corps members during his condolence visit to the state NYSC headquarters over the death of Samuel Okonta, corps member killed during Rivers rerun elections.
  • increases monthly  slain allowance  to corps members 

Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the state government would immortalise Mr. Samuel Okonta, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who was killed during last weekend’s rerun legislative elections in the state.

He also declared that the state government would provide all necessary assistance for the police to investigate the killing of the corps member, with a view to identifying those responsible and prosecuting them.
Wike, who spoke at the NYSC Headquarters in Port Harcourt yesterday, also announced an increment in the monthly allowance of corps members serving outside Port Harcourt from N10,000 to N15,000, while that of those serving in Port Harcourt was increased from N5,000 to N10,000.

He expressed sadness that the corps member died serving the nation and announced that the Rivers State Government would take care of the family of the late corps member.

Wike noted that the death was even more painful because the corps member was an orphan who suffered through schooling and was on the verge of being of help to his immediate family.

He said: “The death of this corps member is unfortunate and condemnable. I urge the police to thoroughly investigate the crime. The outcome of the investigation should be made public so that those involved are prosecuted. The killing of this corps member must not be swept under the carpet.

“I call for post mortem on the corpse of the corps member so that we can ascertain the type of bullet and type of gun that killed him. The post mortem will also determine who bears that type of gun that killed the corps member.”

The governor also said his administration would take measures to improve security in the state, adding that steps would be taken to ensure that the incident does not reoccur.
He also commiserated with the Department of State Services (DSS) over the death of their member in last Saturday’s poll.

The state Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs. Ngozi Nwatarali, commended the governor for commiserating with the NYSC at its moment of grief but appealed for greater protection for corps members during elections.
Responding on behalf of the family, Alex Edeabeatu, thanked the governor for his gesture. He said the late corps member was a shining light.