The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has debunked reports that a serving corps member, Mustapha Ingawa, was killed during a protest by members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) (also known as Shi’ites) over the continued detention of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
The NYSC made this known in a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations of the Scheme, Mrs Adenike Aderemi on Sunday, February 10, 2019.
The statement was in reaction to the reports on the social media that corps members protested the extra-judicial killing of Ingawa, during a Shi’ite demonstration in Abuja.
Aderemi, however, noted that the corps members were unknown to the scheme and could not have operated under the authority of the NYSC.
The statement reads in part: “In view of this development, the Management of NYSC Scheme has painstakingly checked the above name (Mustapha Ingawa) and found out that as at date, there is no deceased Corps Member with that name in NYSC data base.
“In addition, as a foremost government youth organisation that primarily focuses on discipline, patriotism and nationalism, Corps Members are not to engage in any form of demonstration. This is in line with the provisions of NYSC Bye-laws which guide the conduct of every Corps Member.
“Corps Members have approved channels of communication through which they seek redress. NYSC also wishes to state that by its records, no Corps Member was reported dead as a result of the said protest.
“Consequently, NYSC Management wishes to use this medium to draw the attention of members of the public and ex-Corps Members that it is unlawful to impersonate the Service Corps by the use of NYSC uniform in any official or unofficial gathering.