NYSC confirms kidnap of corps member in Borno

NYSC member kidnapped in Borno

National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has confirmed the kidnap of a male corps member, Abraham Amuta, by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.

The state coordinator, Rabiu Aminu, confirmed the kidnap on Monday.

Mr Aminu said the corps member with registration number: BO18b/067 was deployed to Borno State Council of Arts and Culture, located in Maiduguri.

According to him, the corps member was kidnapped alongside a pastor with the Living Faith Church, simply identified as Oyeleke.

They were kidnapped on April 10 when the insurgents launched attacks on motorists on Maiduguri-Chibok road.

“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.

Aminu said the victim did not take permission for the trip.

“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.

Aminu sympathised with families of the abducted corps member and called on Nigerians to pray for his release from the insurgents’ captivity.