The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Monday, May 6, finally confirmed that a corps member serving in Maiduguri and recognised as Abraham Amuta was actually abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno.
The NYSC’s coordinator in Borno state, Rabiu Aminu, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Maiduguri, according to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The report quoted Aminu as saying that the corps member was abducted along with a pastor working with the Living Faith Church, simply identified as Oyeleke, in an attack coordinated by the insurgents against motorists on Maiduguri to Chibok road on April 10.
The coordinator added that the corps member with registration number BO18b/067 was deployed to Borno state's Council of Arts and Culture, located in Maiduguri.
Aminu reportedly said that Amuta was abducted while travelling together with his pastor and other members of the church.
“The church claimed that the corps member was abducted alongside his pastor.
“NYSC deploys corps members to only four of the 27 local government areas in the state.
“The councils are Jere, Bayo, Biu and Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC),” he said.
He further noted that the rule stipulated that for any corps member to travel, he has to apply through the proper channel which involves formal request from his employer, through the zonal inspector and to the state coordinator, where it is either approved or rejected.
“It was unfortunate that the said corps member travelled on his own; we have been having sleepless night over the issue, because he is under our custody.
“We visited the church and the commissioner of police called us on Friday over the incident and assured us of their total support to address the situation,” he said.
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While sympathising with families of the abducted corps member, he urged Nigerians to pray for victim’s release from the insurgents’ captivity.
Legit.ng earlier reported that a corps member identified as Abraham Amuta was kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents two weeks ago.
Amuta and his church members were said to be on their way to Chibok local government area to donate relief items to Christian IDPs, when they were kidnapped. The driver and conductor reportedly escaped.
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