Presidential election: NYSC reacts to reported killing of corps member in Abuja

Management of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, said its attention has been drawn to a story making the rounds on social media about the killing of a corps member working as an adhoc officer in the 2023 presidential and National Assembly elections in Abuja.

The Scheme said that indeed, the corps member, deployed to LEA Primary School, Lugbe, was brutalised by an angry mob on the suspicion that he was involved in the act of thumbprinting ballot papers in favour of one of the presidential aspirants.

NYSC said the brutalisation of the corps member was a case of mistaken identity, a conclusion reached after investigation by security agencies.

NYSC further stated: “In any case, the management of the scheme will not shield any corps member that runs foul of the Electoral Act if found guilty. It is imperative to clarify that the corps member was not part of the criminal gang involved in the said act.

“Gratifyingly, the culprits who are neither corps members nor officials of the National Youth Service Corps have been apprehended by the Police. The brutalised corps member did not die as reported, but recuperating after treatment at the hospital.

“The Scheme, therefore, wishes to call on Nigerians to exercise restraint on issues that concern corps members and other electoral officers on national assignment during the general elections.

“Management wishes to, once again, admonish corps members participating in the conduct of the general elections to ensure the highest degree of neutrality and discipline in their approach to the national assignment, as membership of the corps cannot prevent them from prosecution if there is an infraction to the Electoral Act.”

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