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Insecurity: NYSC withdraws corps members from Bayelsa

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Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). PHOTO: NAN

The Yenagoa zonal office of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has withdrawn 20 corps member serving in Famgbe Community, Yenagoa local government area of Bayelsa state over activities of armed youths terrorising the community.

A community source who craved anonymity said armed youths suspected to be cultists had invaded the residence of the Corps Members, tied them up and carted away their belongings. “After robbing them, the hoodlums inflicted severe injuries on the corps members with machetes, threatening to kill them if they dared to involve the police.”

Confirming the incident, NYSC Public Relations Officer in the State, Matthew Ngobua, said he has been informed of the withdrawal of corps members serving in Famgbe but that he has not been briefed on what led to their withdrawal.

When contacted, the Youth President of the community, Agbasa Ogilizibe, pleaded with the NYSC to send the corps members back to the community as they have put adequate security measures in place. “We have three schools and the schools do not have more than three teachers. The withdrawal of the corpers is really affecting us. We are appealing with them to come back because we are ready to do everything within our power to ensure they protected against such attacks.”

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