The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has advised prospective Corps members to inform their parents on possible payment of ransom incase of abduction while traveling through some dark spots in Nigeria.
The service corps gave this admonition in its security advisory handbook introduced in March 2021. Corps members were urged to inform their relatives about their journey before embarking on a road trip.
HumAngle obtained a copy of the Security Awareness and Education Handbook for Corps Members and Staff to confirm the authenticity of the warning.
“When travelling on high risk roads such as Abuja-Kaduna, Abuja-Lokoja-Okene or Aba-Port-Harcourt road, alert your family members, friends and colleagues in order to have someone on hand to pay off the ransom that could be demanded,” part of the warning read in page 58 and 59 of the handbook.
On advisory action to take when kidnapped, NYSC urged Corps members not to resist armed kidnappers.
“Do not antagonise your captors, be polite and operate with reasonable regards to the resealable Cooperation to your abductors. Establish personal relationships with your captors as early as possible. The kidnappers may ask for a contact person, do not mention your place of work, but your close friends and parents. They will reach them to negotiate for your release”
“Advise your friends involved in the negotiation they should be friendly and be prepared for the natural reaction of the shock. Take no rule by attempting to escape. DO NOT BE A HERO.”
HumAngle has on several occasions reported various security challenges rocking Nigeria and corps members have also in the past been victims of kidnapping on highways.
Following the security challenges, many Nigerians on social media are calling for a review of the NYSC statute, which was first introduced in 1973 to institutionalise national unity after the Nigerian Civil War, 1967-70.
They are demanding that graduates should serve in their region to avoid loss of lives and kidnappings.
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