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Abducted NYSC members: A/Ibom stakeholders seek Tinubu’s intervention

Ibom Peoples Congress (IPC), has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio to facilitate the release of the National Youth…

Ibom Peoples Congress (IPC), has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio to facilitate the release of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members from the state, who were abducted on their way to Zamfara for the national service scheme.

 The advocacy group made up of Akwa Ibom people in the United States of America also urged the Akwa Ibom State governor, Pastor Umo Eno, the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police and Nigerians in critical sectors to deploy every means within their powers to ensure the release of the 8 young persons kidnapped over three months ago.

Speaking on Wednesday in Uyo during a press conference, the President of the Ibom Peoples Congress, Prof. John Okon lamented that the youths willingly stepped out to serve their fatherland but have been left in the kidnapper’s den for over 90 days.

Prof Okon said the group has sent letters to President Tinubu, Senate President Akpabio, Speaker, House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, and the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, to do everything within their powers to ensure the freedom of the victims and the Akwa Ibom Transport bus driver.

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He said, “IPC respectfully requests Mr. President to Note the long-term mental, emotional, and psychological damage of the hostage situation on the corps members, their parents, family members, and even their entire communities.

“Direct as appropriate for the Nigerian Armed Forces, Police, Intelligences, and other Security Agencies to facilitate immediate release and return of the abducted corps members.

“Direct as appropriate for the government agencies responsible for working collaboratively and sharing information/intelligence with the families of the abducted corps members to assuage their hurts and heightened anxieties.

“As we can no longer allow our children to be exposed to incessant abductions, killings in the course of national service, we strongly recommend the review of the NYSC scheme to make it more responsive and adaptive to current security and economic realities of the country.” 

 

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