NYSC: We Paid No Ransom for Release of Corps Members in Zamfara

Oghenevwede Ohwovoriole in Abuja

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has denied reports that ransom was paid for the release of some kidnapped prospective corps members in Zamfara State.

The scheme, in a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Eddy Megwa, debunked claims in a section of the media that the Akwa-Ibom State government and some individuals made cash payment of ransom for the the release of the PMCs.

The NYSC said the news making the round was false, adding that no state government or individual paid ransom.

“The attention of NYSC management has been drawn to the news making rounds in the public that Akwa Ibom Government and some concerned individuals paid for the release of the kidnapped prospective corps members.

“To put the records straight, the release of the prospective corps members kidnapped in Zamfara State on their way to report at Orientation camp in Sokoto State was primarily on the combined effort of the security agents and the the National Youth Service Corps.

“It is also noteworthy to state that no state government, individual or agency paid any amount in the guise of ransom before their release.

“The management of National Youth Service Corps, since their release, is shouldering the responsibility of their medical bills where they are recuperating.

“The management therefore disassociates itself from the claim that Akwa Ibom State Government or any other state Government paid money for their release.

“The management of the scheme is very much aware of different account numbers and names currently being circulated in the public calling for financial donations towards paying ransom for the release of the prospective corps members,” the statement said.

The NYSC management, therefore, called on parents and family members of the kidnapped prospective corps members, Akwa Ibom and Zamfara State governments or anybody not to fall prey to the unscrupulous elements and fraudsters taking undue advantage of the situation to defraud unsuspecting members of the public by calling for donation towards the release of the kidnapped prospective corps members.

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