Robbers kill NYSC member three days to passing out parade


A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member identified as Charity Thilza has been killed in Abuja three days to the completion of her service year.

The 25-year-old Borno State indigene was reportedly killed by robbers along Wuse 2 Road while returning home from a nightclub around 3am on Monday.

She was looking forward to the passing out parade which marks the completion of the one-year compulsory NYSC programme on Thursday, May 4.

Punch reports that the linguistics and English graduate of the University of Maiduguri and four friends, identified simply as Lola, Bisi, Pooja (an Indian) and a man attended a show at the club, where rapper, Phyno, performed on Sunday.

They were said to be returning home from the party in a car the following day when the robbers gave them a chase.

The assailants reportedly shot at the car repeatedly and some of the bullets pierced through the windscreen and hit Thilza, who was sitting at the back. One of the friends, Lola, was said to have also sustained gunshot injuries.

It was learnt that the robbers retreated when they noticed that the driver of the car was heading towards a police station.

A close friend of the deceased, Thlama Bukar, said she was rushed to a hospital, but was rejected. She said she died on the way to another hospital that she was referred to.

Spokesperson for the NYSC, Federal Capital Territory, Mrs. Abosede Aderibigbe, said on Wednesday that the corps was making efforts to ensure the release of the corpse for burial.

She said, “The victim was our member with code number, FCT/15a/5295. She was supposed to pass out on Thursday. We learnt she and her friends went clubbing.

“When they were coming back around 3am in a flashy car, armed robbers trailed them. When they could not get them, they shot at the car and the bullets hit her.

“They tried rushing her to the National Hospital, Abuja, but she died on the way. The family members are in Abuja with the NYSC coordinator. The corpse is with the police. Possibly, it will be released for burial tomorrow (Thursday).”