The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has verified that its collaboration with the military has led to the additional release of another female Prospective Corps Member and the bus driver who were kidnapped in Zamfara State on their journey to the NYSC Orientation Camp in Sokoto State last year.
The NYSC, in a statement on Monday, confirmed a total of five Prospective Corps Members (PCMs) have been freed, and active efforts continue to secure the freedom of the remaining three captives (one female and two male).
“The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General YD Ahmed appreciates the security agents for their untiring efforts that resulted in the release of the PCMs, adding the Scheme will never shirk its responsibility of upholding the welfare of Corps Members at all times,” Eddy Megwa, the Director, Press and Public Relations, said.
The NYSC members were kidnapped by suspected terrorists on their way to camp in Zamfara State in August 2023.
It was learnt that the corps members were travelling in an Akwa Ibom Transport Company (AKTC) bus from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, to Sokoto State, for the one-year national service, when their vehicle was intercepted by the hoodlums.
It was further gathered that there were 11 corps members and the driver, but three of the corps members escaped during the terrorists’ attack.
In October, NYSC also announced that they rescued one of the abducted female prospective corps members.
This means that there are still at least four of the kidnapped corps members with the terrorists.