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Reps to investigate alleged ransom payment in NYSC pamphlet

House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC over alleged insertion of the advice for payment of ransom to kidnappers into its pamphlets containing security tips to serving corps members.

This was sequel to a motion by the minority leader of the house, Mr Ndudi Elumelu, at plenary.

The lawmaker stated that in the last few days, reports have surfaced with picture evidence of an embarrassing provision under section 65(e) of the NYSC security tips pamphlet, advising Corps Members to tell their families to make ransoms available in case they are kidnapped on the road.

Mr Elumelu observed that the alleged inclusion of the said section was source of concern to friends and familes on why their children should be allowed to participate in the compulsory exercise.

“The provision shows a lack of concern for the safety of Corps members as against the provisions of Section 19 of the Public Officers Protection Act which places the welfare and security of Corp members on the Federal Government Disturbed that the insertion of such a clause by the NYSC in its security tips manual portrays the inability of the government to provide security on the highways as well as a surrender by the government to kidnappers and bandits”, He said.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila reminded Elumelu that the NYSC has denied the insertion, even though the mover of the motion read the lines in the pamphlet.

Mr Gbajabiamila expressed fear that there could be another version of the booklet especially with the NYSC denying the insertions.

He, however asked the House Committee on Youths Development to verify the authenticity of the insertions, saying there will be a problem if it was real.

“During the course of your investigation, verify the authenticity. If it is authentic, then, there is a problem” Hon Gbajabiamila stated.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu, edited by Adeniyi Bakare