Assaulted Zamfara corps member redeployed

PIC. 8. MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE CORPS BATCH 'A' STREAM 2 CORPS MEMBERS SERVING IN LAGOS STATE DURING THE CLOSE OF THEIR ORIENTATION PROGRAMME, IN LAGOS ON WEDNESDAY (29/6/16). 
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PIC. 8. MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE CORPS BATCH 'A' STREAM 2 CORPS MEMBERS SERVING IN LAGOS STATE DURING THE CLOSE OF THEIR ORIENTATION PROGRAMME, IN LAGOS ON WEDNESDAY (29/6/16). 4703/29/6/2016/YO/MA/BJO/NAN

The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has redeployed a corps member, Michael Uwakwe, serving in Zamfara to Anambra, following his assault by a police officer.

Victoria Okakwu, the NYSC Director, Corps Welfare and Inspectorate, made this known to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.

Mrs. Okakwu explained that the corps member was redeployed to ensure his safety and security while carrying out his national assignment.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the briefing was designed to keep the public abreast on the outcome of investigations conducted by the scheme on the slapping of a corps member serving in Zamfara as earlier reported by some media.

The reports had alleged that Mr. Uwakwe was brutalised and manhandled by the police for punishing a student who happened to be a rich man’s ward by simply asking him to go on his knees.

Ms. Okakwu said that after proper investigations and resolution of the matter, the scheme has also ordered the immediate withdrawal of 11 other corps members who were serving along with Mr. Uwakwe at Nasara Standard Academy, Gusau.

She said that the 11 corps members have been re-posted to serve in other establishments in Gusau as a proactive measure to ensure their safety and security.

“On Wednesday last week we got information from Zamfara state that a corps member was beaten by the police, arrested, detained and later released.

“When we got this information I had to speak to the state coordinator to investigate the matter thoroughly. From our investigations, the corps member had a problem in the school he was posted to serve.

“He came into the class and said he was going to give the students a test asking them to put their books away and get ready but that this student was not just cooperative.

“In the process of doing the test she hissed and he asked why she will hiss in the class because it was a rude behaviour but she had nothing to say after a while she hissed again and he went to her to ask why again.

“The next thing he saw written on her script was `Nonsense Tes’. That got him infuriated and he asked the student if the questions he set were out of what he had taught them.

“The girl will not answer so he instructed her to kneel down. In the process he asked her to crawl with her knees and after that he left; later he came to look for the girl and she was nowhere to be found.

“The girl went home, spoke to her father and he went to the police. The corps member was in the staff room when he was called that he was needed in the principal’s office.

“When he got there he was asked to go with the police but he declined stating that he was just doing his job but he later agreed to go to the police station if the principal will go with him.

“He went with the principal to the police station and in the station he was slapped and detained for six hours,” Mrs. Okakwu said.

She said that the scheme made a formal report to the state commissioner of police expressing dissatisfaction over the way the police handled the matter as the police was meant to maintain peace and not cause harm.

Mrs. Okakwu explained that with efforts of the NYSC State Coordinator, the local government and zonal inspector, the state commissioner of police waded in to the matter and it was settled amicably among all parties.

According to her, the commissioner said it was not an issue for the police but one that would have been settled in the school.

The police commissioner apologised for the way his personnel handled the matter, she said.

She said that Mr. Uwakwe was redeployed to Anambra State in order to ensure his safety and protect him from any further harm and any phobia which would prevent him from carrying out his duties.

However, the director maintained that Mr. Uwakwe was not brutalised as speculated but just slapped as he did not have any bruises on his body.

Mrs. Okakwu said the scheme was very concerned with the security, safety and wellbeing of its corps members, assuring that wherever corps members are serving in the country the scheme will continue to ensure their welfare and security.

(NAN)


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  • So oju abe niko

    “Mr. Uwakwe was not brutalised as speculated but just slapped as he did not have any bruises on his body”
    Assaulted, slapped or brutalized, it does not make any difference. Why is the NYSC trying to split hairs. The bottom line is the young man was assaulted and nobody paid any consequence.

    “the state commissioner of police waded in to the matter and it was settled amicably among all parties.” How can they settle amicably when no one paid for assaulting an innocent man for serving his fatherland. If not NYSC, what would the young man be doing in Zamfara doing virtually an unpaid job to an ungrateful community?

    “The police commissioner apologised for the way his personnel handled the matter.” – A genuine remorse would have been to punish the police officers who manhandled the young man. For the kid who started it all, a two week suspension from school would have been in order.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      Egunje was passed around

  • ukoette ibekwe

    I don’t understand. This is a recurring incident of so called rich parents abusing workers because of their children. Who are rich parents? They should keep their children at home. So what is the legal consequences for the rich parent and police officers who abused the corps member?

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      Egunje was passed around,so the case has been ‘settled ‘ AMICABLY! A la Nigeriana

  • Otile

    Every scheme, every institution, every public endevour is always geared to sever the interest of the Hausa Fulani yet they pay us back with ingratitude. Close the damned NYSC, enough of this abuse.

  • jason jasi

    So the policeman slapped the corper and later settled amicably. Many times am just ashamed to be a Nigerian when I read or hear this and like stories

  • PolyGon2013

    The scheme has outlived it’s usefulness. It is time to cancel it!

    • Waandu

      But the same situation also happened at FGGC Calabar a month ago when DSS officers went and assualted teachers because they disciplined a student. What do you do there, cancel the FGGC?

  • Law

    These are part of the corruption in our country. Corruption is not only stealing money. The girl ought to be expelled from school while the police that effected the slap should be charged along with the father of the girl for assault and cospiracy to assault. The DPO in whose office this illegality was carried should face disciplinary action as well as the principal of the school. Anything short of these, the society is worst for it.

  • Wale Bolodeoku

    I’m at a loss at this “settled amicably”. Was the Nigerian Police Force made to pay for damages for assault and battery? Young ma Corper, God don butter ya bread. Get a good lawyer( I’ll recommend Mike Ozekhome) to sue on your behalf the IG, Zamfara State police commissioner etc. Make them pay for the violence done against your person. Period.

  • Impulse400

    What of the ISSUE of the “rude female student” that started this mess? Will she be redeployed also, for the safety of corpers sent to replace the 11 others redeployed, who most certainly will come into contact with her…?

    Surely, she must be punished for leaving school during classes without permission. Expulsion is the only adequate punishment for her considerig the National attention she has caused.