Fear hits NYSC camp as resident officer dies of COVID-19


A resident officer of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has died of COVID-19, sending panic among staff of the corps.

The officer was posted from the NYSC national headquarters in Abuja to Kano State NYSC permanent orientation camp where he developed coronavirus symptoms and died on Tuesday.

The deceased officer, whose name was not disclosed, went to Kano State where he represented the director-general of the NYSC Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim.

A spokesman for the NYSC Emeka Mgbemena said the officer died outside the orientation camp.

Meanwhile, a source claimed the NYSC management was trying to cover the case from the public.

“The resident officer, who was posted from the NYSC National Headquarters in Abuja to Kano State NYSC permanent orientation camp died early this (Tuesday) morning as a result of COVID-19,” the source told PUNCH.

“But very unfortunately, the NYSC management and the NCDC are trying to hide the case. The officer and representative of the DG was tested by the doctors and the NCDC who confirmed that the officer died as a result of COVID-19 in the camp. Right now, multiple number of the NCDC staff are in the camp.”