Corps Member Serving With Channels TV Dies In Shiite, Police Clash

Corps Member Serving With Channels TV Dies In Shiite, Police Clash

 

A member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving with Channels Television, Precious Owolabi, is dead.

The 23-year-old died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday in Abuja.

The management and staff of Channels Television are greatly saddened by the untimely and unfortunate death of such a promising journalist.

They pray that God will grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and avail his soul eternal rest.


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One Corps Member Dead, 19 Others Injured In Taraba Accident

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A corps member serving in Taraba State has died following a road accident involving some vehicles.

Nineteen others including a local government inspector also sustained various degrees of wounds as a result of the incident which occurred on Monday.

Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the state, Florence Yaakugh, confirmed the crash and figures to Channels Television on Tuesday.

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She said, “It was a minibus that had a head-on collision with a Toyota Hiace bus conveying the corps members to Sarduna Local Government Area of the state for their primary assignments.”

“The accident, according to some eyewitnesses, occurred when the minibus was attempting to overtake two trailers at a time, but could not make it leading to the accident.”

Yaakugh explained that the incident occurred after the mandatory three weeks orientation course, at a location just less than a kilometre away from the orientation camp.

According to her, the injured victims were rushed to the Federal Medical Center in Jalingo, the state capital.

“Right now, am preparing for the burial of one of the corps members who passed on yesterday (Monday); all others have been discharged from the hospital except five who are still receiving treatment at the FMC Jalingo,” the NYSC coordinator disclosed.

She added, “It is not an easy moment for me and the entire NYSC in Taraba State.”

Police Rescue Five Abducted Corps Members In Imo

The Imo State Police Command has rescued five corps members who were kidnapped in the state on Wednesday.

The corps members were abducted on their way to Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.

Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Dasuki Galadanchi, told journalists in Owerri, the Imo State capital, that the corps members were kidnapped along Owerri-Port Harcourt Expressway and taken to the Umuapu forest in the Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.

The kidnappers had established contact with the families of the corps members and demanded N5m ransom.

The CP, however, explained that, through intelligence gathering, the operatives of the Counter Terrorism Unit of the command rounded up the kidnappers and rescued the victims from the forest.

NYSC Member Dies In Bauchi Canoe Accident

 

A member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Thursday drowned in a boat accident in Gubi Dam in Bauchi State.

The corps member, 26-year-old Joseph Adebayo, who was attached to the state board of Internal Revenue, is said to have boarded the canoe along with two other corps members on their way to a picnic to celebrate the end of their service year.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Kamal Abubakar in a statement, said the other corps members were rescued by villagers who were fishing in the dam while the body of the deceased was later recovered on Friday morning.

The body of the victim has been deposited at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa teaching hospital mortuary for medical examination while the police commences an investigation into the incident.

Atiku Commends Buhari For Assisting Blind Corps Member

Atiku Commends Buhari For Assisting Blind Corps Member
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar (file)

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for pledging to assist a visually-impaired National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Okenala Ahmed.

Mr Atiku gave the commendation in a tweet on Thursday, two days after Ahmed and some other corps members visited President Buhari in Daura, Katsina State.

The former Vice President who has been criticising the present administration noted that the President’s gesture comes less than six months to the general elections.

He, however, said making the promise would have been unnecessary if the Federal Government had invested more in the health sector.

The presidential aspirant said, “I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for paying medical bills of a blind corps member 5 months to the 2019 election, but I remind him that if he had invested the public funds he spends on his London medicals on public healthcare, he wouldn’t need to do this.”

Atiku’s reaction comes one day after the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, revealed the gesture in a statement.

Shehu had said that 28-year-old Ahmed, a graduate of Insurance from the Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State, was among the corps members who paid Sallah homage to President Buhari as part of activities to mark the Eid-El-Kabir celebrations.

President Buhari Hosts Corps Members In Daura
President Muhammadu Buhari with some corps members at his home in Daura, Katsina State on August 21, 2018.

 

In the course of the President’s interaction with the corps members, he revealed that the Corps Liaison Officer, Jibrin Ishak, appealed for assistance for their physically challenged member.

The presidential aide said President Buhari promised to undertake the cost of medical care and treatment of Ahmed, who is an Economics NYSC teacher at the Government Day Senior Secondary School, Daura.

Senate Investigates Alleged Killing Of Corps Member By Police

Senate Investigates Alleged Killing Of Corps Member By Police
(File) Senate President Bukola Saraki speaks during a plenary at the Senate Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

The Senate has resolved to investigate the death of a corps member who was allegedly shot by a police officer in Abuja.

The lawmakers made the resolution on Thursday while deliberating on the matter during proceedings in the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

Senator Atai Aidoko cited Orders 42 & 52 to draw the attention of the Senate to the death of the lady identified as Linda on Tuesday.

According to him, Nkechi was on her way home in the early hours of the day when she was shot and was later rushed to a hospital in the Federal Capital Territory.

The lawmaker lamented that the deceased would have still been alive if not for the medical officers who rejected to treat her because they needed a police report.

Another member, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, stressed the need to call the police to order saying he could only imagine the kind of trauma the family of the deceased would be going through.

“We must ensure that the bill that directs hospitals to treat patients without waiting for a police report is made a priority,” he said.

Also condemning the incident, Senate President Bukola Saraki wondered how a police officer could have mistakenly shot in such a way that would lead to the death of the victim.

He also faulted the refusal of the hospital authorities to treat the victim without a police report despite the law prohibiting such action.

“We have passed this Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Act, and the President assented to it on December 30, 2017,” the Senate President recalled.

He added, ”If they treated her, she would not have bled to death. Until we start holding people accountable for these kinds of incidents, they will not stop. Is it that they are not well-informed? Is it that they were not aware that such a law exists? There are a number of issues that we need to address.”

The lawmakers further resolved the observe a minute’s silence for the deceased and mandated the Committee on Youth and Sports to investigate the killing.

They also mandated the Committee on Health to investigate the non-treatment of the patient, while the Committee on Police Affairs was directed to investigate the cause of the incident.

The three committees were asked to report back to the Senate in two weeks.

Senator Saraki further thank the lawmaker who raised the motion, saying the life of every Nigerian matter, especially the young ones who are just about to start their lives and careers.

“This is a loss that could have been avoided. We must continue to show that we will continue to defend our people and defend them here,” he said.

Ogun Police Arrest Man For Killing Corps Member

The Ogun state police command has arrested a 29-year-old driving instructor in Ogun state for raping and killing a 23-year-old female corps member serving in the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Iliyasu, said the suspect lured the corps member, under the guise of issuing her a driving permit before he forcefully raped and eventually killed her.

Subsequently, the Police began investigations when the State NYSC authorities issued a letter declaring the batch A corps member missing on December 9.

Speaking to security officers and journalists, the suspect, however, confessed to having committed the crime. Subsequently, her lifeless body was identified in a bush in Odeda local government area of the state.

The CP, while assuring that justice will be done, charged members of the general public to be more security conscious.
Ogun Police Arrest Man For Killing Corps Member

He also promised that all stakeholders would do everything possible to ensure that Ogun state would not be a comfort zone for criminals henceforth.

Corps Member Dies Of Lassa Fever In Cross River

Lassa Fever, Plateau State, Kamshak KundenThe Cross River State Ministry of Health has confirmed the death of one corps member, Onwuegbuzie Stanley Samuel, who had served in Obubura Local Government Area of the State from Lasa Fever.

According to the Ministry, the late Stanley who was an indigene of Delta State became ill about a week ago and was admitted at the Ogoja General Hospital after being treated for Malaria.

Addressing journalists in Calabar, the State Capital, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Asibong Inyang, said Samuel later got transferred to the University of Calabar Hospital where he died following a diagnosis of the disease.

Dr Asibong gave the assurance that the ministry is on top of the situation and the state government had taken steps to avert a recurrence.

NYSC Member Bags Automatic Job Placement

nysc, Corps MembersThe Bayelsa State Government has awarded an automatic employment to a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr Endurance Aimuan, for emerging the overall best corps member of the 2016 Batch A service year in the state‎.

Aimuan, who is a graduate of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, embarked on 16 sustainable Development projects in Otuogidi and Ogbia communities of Ogbia Local Council Area.

One of such projects, was the rehabilitation of a kilometre road and Cultivation of a Cassava Farm for the widows in the area.‎

He also constructed a wooden public toilet and one bathroom at the community, donated insecticide treated mosquito nets to indigenes of the area, and initiated sizeable cassava farms for widows in the area among other lofty projects.‎

How Corps Member Died After Visiting Kano Orientation Camp Clinic

How Corps Member Died After Visiting Kano Orientation Camp ClinicIt was a tale of tears, agony and regrets on Thursday in Osogbo the Osun state capital, as a National Youth Service Corps member, Ifedolapo Oladepo was buried.

Like many thousands of young graduates mobilised for the 2016 Batch ‘C’ service year, 26-year-old Ifedolapo Oladepo, a first class Transport Management graduate of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho had said her goodbye to her family members, set for Kano, hoping to see her dreams fulfilled.

However, exactly a week after, it was her corpse that was brought to her family after she was said to have died following complications arising from an ailment few days into the NYSC orientation programme in Kano.

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26-year-old Ifedolapo Oladepo was a first class graduate of Transport Management from LAUTECH

Unsurprisingly, her death has raised suspicion from her family members who now claim Ifedolapo could have been saved if she had been given the necessary attention by the NYSC authorities at the Orientation Camp in Kano.

Said to be in proper health before leaving for the Orientation Camp, the death of Ifedolapo has led to several questions regarding the state of health facilities at NYSC orientation camps across the country.

The family identified particularly lack of qualified medical personnel and wrong medications contributed to the death of the NYSC corps member.

Her elder sister, Oyeyode Abimbola, speaking with Channels Television, gave her account of what transpired between her and her sister before her death:

“She called me five hours to her death and told me to start coming as the NYSC doctors are not doing anything for her. They thought she was pretending in order not to go for parade, so they did not attend to her.

How Corps Member Died After Visiting Kano Orientation Camp Clinic
She noticed a lot of rashes on her body after injection, family says

“When she started calling people from home, they eventually gave her an injection (and) immediately after the injection, she called me again that she noticed a lot of rashes on her body that I should speak with the doctor who refused to talk to me.

“She called five minutes later and told me her tongue was twisting, then they sent all her friends out after seeing all the reaction on her body after giving her the unknown injection,” she said amidst tears.

“She said we should get a flight and I called immediately but they told me Abuja flight is Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

“I told her to tell anybody in the clinic that I am a nurse and they should allow me to speak to them. Later a male nurse took the phone from her and told me she was having anaphylactic reaction and they will watch her for just one hour and transfer her to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital but alas they did not transfer her until five hours later when they noticed she was restless and calling people at home.

“I boarded a bus going to Kano with her sister, Kemisola Oladepo, to go pick her from there. I begged them to take her to a teaching hospital around but they took her to a general hospital in Gwazo where they have nothing or little care to render.

“They took her phone from her, claiming she was not resting. From that 5PM I could not talk to her, I took a 16-hour journey to make sure I get to her but I was called around 3AM that she gave up, without any doctor in the hospital to assist her.

“The only nurse on duty told me she tried her best by staying beside her when death was taking her away because there was nothing to use.

“From that 3AM till I got to Kano I was hoping it would only be a mix up somewhere it can’t be her my Dolapo is gone… (Sobs).

“I got to Kano and met her at Aminu Kano mortuary, alas it was her being put in that cold place.”

(Sobs) “Amoke mi you couldn’t withstand the agony, NYSC successfully cut your destiny due to negligence.”

Although they are grieving, the Oladepo family wants the government to restructure the NYSC programme and provide infrastructure needed to prevent the loss of innocent young men and women all in the name of serving their fatherland.

Arrived Sick

How Corps Member Died After Visiting Kano Orientation Camp Clinic
Ifedolapo Oladepo in camp before her death

‎The Press and Public Relations Head of the NYSC in Abuja, Mrs Bosede Aderibigbe, when contacted told Channels Television correspondent in Osun state via the telephone that “the deceased corps member, from the account I got, arrived the Kano orientation camp sick and presented a medical report.

She claimed that it was not the drill in the camp as being alleged that complicated her case.

“We trained all our commandants and officers not to force anyone who is weak to do the drilling exercises.

“Although what happened is a big loss to the family and NYSC as well because we lost a life, we can only console the family.

“I have called for the full medical report and will send it to you immediately I get it.

“What we needed to do we have done. We asked the NYSC in Osun to attend the internment and this is the normal thing to commiserate with the family.

How Corps Member Died After Visiting Kano Orientation Camp Clinic

“The family should please accept our condolences but all reports reaching me indicates that she was not forced to do the regular drills as alleged. That is what I can say for now,” she concluded.

In the meantime, our correspondent is yet to get the medical report which the NYSC official promised to send as evidence.

Rivers Election: NYSC DG Visits Family Of Slain Corper

NYSCThe Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has paid a visit to the family of the NYSC member believed to have been shot dead by unknown gunmen in Ahoada West Local Government Area Rivers State during the rerun elections in the state.

Brigadier General Johnson Olawunmi was at his hometown in Ila Local Government Area of Delta State accompanied by the state coordinator and a few serving corps members.

It was a sad atmosphere as the family of late Chukwudumebi received the DG and his train and with lots of regrets the family poured out their hearts on the demise of their loved one.

Addressing the relatives, the NYSC DG, Brigadier General Johnson Olawunmi said that Chukwudumebi Okonta’s death is a great loss, not only to his immediate family, but also to the NYSC and the entire nation.

He promised that investigations were on to unravel the mystery behind the death.

The NYSC boss promised to work with relevant agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of the heinous act are fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law.

The Corps member, Chukwudumebi Okonta was an orphan and also the eighth of nine children.