The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has redeployed a corps member, Mr. Michael Uwakwe, from Zamfara to Anambra, following his assault by a police officer.
The NYSC Director, Corps Welfare and Inspectorate, Mrs. Victoria Okakwu, stated this in Abuja, Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
Okakwu said the corps member was redeployed to ensure his safety during the national assignment.
The briefing was designed to keep the public abreast on the outcome of investigations conducted by the NYSC on the matter.
Uwakwe was reportedly battered by the policeman for punishing a student who is a rich man’s ward.
Okakwu said after proper investigations and resolution of the matter, NYSC has also ordered the immediate withdrawal of 11 other corps members who were posted alongside Uwakwe to Nasara Standard Academy, Gusau.
She said the 11 corps members have been re-posted to serve in other establishments in Gusau as a proactive measure to ensure their safety and security.
National Youth Corps members in Zamfara have raised alarm over the harassment, humiliation and arrest of a youth corper who was attacked by a mob of thugs employed by a wealthy parent whose ward was disciplined at a school in the North Western state.
Read below an account by a friend to the corper, identified as “Michael” in the story which has gone viral on social media. Below that account is the official statement by the NYSC which contradicts some of the claims by the eyewitness.
The NYSC identifies the affected corps member as Esi Uwakwe and confirms that his rights were violated by men of the Nigeria Police Force, but makes light of the situation and suggests that the police has apologised to the corper and the apology has been accepted.
There is a photo of a badly beaten and mutilated man circulating on social media platforms and wrongly captioned as the Mr. Uwakwe. The NYSC has refuted the photo and said it does not depict the affected corps member.
Read the full story HERE.
Additional reports by NAN.