- Major General Suleman Kazaure has urged corps members to be security conscious anywhere they are posted to for the one-year mandatory service
- Kazaure, director general of the National Youth Service Corps, asked them not to accept money from politicians, strangers and members of the public
- The NYSC boss made this known during his advocacy and sensitization visit to Oyo state in respect of the forthcoming elections
Ahead of the forthcoming general elections, Major General Suleman Kazaure, the director general of the National Youth Service Corps, in Ibadan, Oyo state urged corps members to be security conscious.
Daily Trust reports that Kazaure on Monday, January 22, called on the security agencies to protect corps members that would participate in the conduct of the elections.
The NYSC boss, during his advocacy and sensitization visit to Oyo state in respect of the forthcoming elections, advised corps members to always study their environment and be security conscious.
He said those of them partaking in the elections must be in their uniforms warning them against election malpractices.
Kazaure stated that anyone caught would be prosecuted advising them against “flirting” with politicians during the polls as that could endanger their lives advising them not to accept money from politicians, strangers and members of the public.
He said: “Your ID cards must be on you, ensure your phones are recharged with enough airtime, be armed with pocket notes, have the phone numbers of your local government inspectors, DPO.
“Peradventure there is any problem, protect yourself first, report to the nearest police station, the security operatives will all be deployed during the exercise, note that participation is not compulsory for you, members.
“Never drag anything with anybody, you may decide not to participate because it’s optional, any corps member that violates the law having been warned must be prosecuted.”
The chairman of Ibadan southeast local government Area, Abimbola Omiyale, promised that the government would do its best to protect corps members during the polls.
On behalf of other corps members, Ajiboye Okoye, assured that they would not compromise in any way. He added: “We have taken a resolution today to abide by the law, guidelines of the INEC and be good ambassadors of the scheme.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the INEC said it will not hesitate to sanction any corps member found to have betrayed public trust by accepting gifts including food, from politicians, during the polls.
The warning was given by INEC's electoral officer for the Jos South council area in Plateau state, Aisha Lawal, during a sensitisation training organised for some corps members in Jos on Wednesday, January 9.
INEC also warned corps members not to struggle with thugs, so they don't put their lives in danger.
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