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NEWS UPDATE: HURIWA chides those peddling ‘fake’ story of ransom payment against NYSC

NEWS UPDATE: HURIWA chides those peddling ‘fake’ story of ransom payment against NYSC

In reaction to the mounting contention over an alleged “security guide from NYSC instructing parents to prepare money for kidnappers for their wards going for mobilization”, the Human Rights Writers Organization of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Monday faulted unscrupulous individuals who are doing everything possible to discredit or fifty-fifty scrap the National Youth Service Corps Scheme (NYSC).

In a statement signed by Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, the National Coordinator of the rights body, HURIWA expressed worries that a programme, which serves as a bridge betwixt school and real-life work, is battling cocktails of lies, half-truths and speculations orchestrated to sow seeds of doubts and anxiety in the minds and hearts of Nigerians.

HURIWA’s statement partly read, “On Thur, September 23, 2021, a page purportedly containing the advice for the corps and staff on reaching out to the household and friends when plying such routes that the NYSC described as “high risk” had flooded the social media.

“The handbook, which is titled; ‘Security Awareness and Education Handbook For Corps Members and Staff,’ on its page 56, purportedly advised both corps members and staff travelling on “high-risk” roads to alert their household members, friends and colleagues to have someone on paw to pay off the ransom that could be demanded in instance they’re kidnapped.

“Luckily, the proactive managers of the NYSC have also ably if responses to this scandal by elements who are assiduously working behind the scenes to vilify NYSC to appease their instincts.

“In the study, the NYSC was also accused of risking the lives of 9,100 corps members deployed to the 7 states in the N-Westward part; where at to the lowest degree, 189 persons have been killed and 376 persons were abducted in Zamfara and Kaduna states lonely.

“Reacting to 2 reports, the NYSC Manager, Press and Public Relations; Adenike Adeyemi (Mrs), alleged that the unsubstantiated reports were published to create apprehension in the minds of parents, guardians and other stakeholders.

“Also, there was a sure disturbing sweat to spread some toxic rumours that the DG of NYSC was against Christian worships within the NYSC Camps. Ironically, the Manager Full general, though a sound and good Moslem is married to a Roman Catholic Christian adherent and so can’t perchance be categorized as a hater of Christians”, HURIWA said.

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