- Eight corps members and a driver were kidnapped by gunmen in Zamfara state on their way to the NYSC orientation camp
- The abducted corps members from Akwa Ibom state were reportedly on their way to the Sokoto NYSC camp
- The kidnap incident happened during the same period the NYSC reopened its camp in Maiduguri, Borno state, after 13 years
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The kidnapped corps members were going to Sokoto State for the compulsory one-year national service.
The kidnap incident happened during the same period after the NYSC reopened its Orientation Camp in Maiduguri, Borno state, on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, after 13 years due to Boko Haram attacks.
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The Nigerian Army made this known in a statement on its Twitter page @HQNigerianArmy.
A senior official of AKTC, who confirmed the kidnap incident, said three of the corps members escaped while eight were abducted alongside the driver.
“They left here (Uyo) on Friday, and slept over in Abuja. It was when they were proceeding to Sokoto that they were kidnapped. The corps members were offloaded (from the bus) and taken into the bush. The police have recovered the bus.”
Facebook users, however, have identified two of the abducted corps members
Malachy Blessed identified one of the abductees as Emmanuel Esudue, whose phone number had been unreachable since Thursday.
Esudue is a agricultural and environmental engineering graduate at Akwa Ibom State University.
Another Facebook user, Edidiong Richard, disclosed that the kidnappers had contacted the parents of one of the abducted corps members, Betty Udofia, demanding N4m ransom.
Gunmen kidnap corps member in Enugu
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that unknown gunmen on Saturday, January 21, kidnapped at least six persons, including a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member at Ikem community in the Isi-Uzo local government area of Enugu state.
The local government was recently attacked by suspected Fulani militia at Eha-Amufu.
Ex-corp member kidnapped by bandit regains freedom
An ex-member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Adenike has been freed by notorious bandits who attacked the Kubwa Extension II Relocation Estate on Tuesday, December 6, and kidnapped her alongside six others.
It was gathered that Adenike’s parents had paid an unnamed ransom before releasing her on Sunday, December 11.
Earlier reports show that the abductors requested N100 million for her release, but it is not certain if Adenike’s parents could match the ransom before her release.