#NigeriaDecides: 50 NYSC members held hostage in Nasarawa released

About 50 Youth Corps members and 16 other adhoc staff of the electoral commission, INEC, held hostage in parts of Lafia Local Government Area were on Sunday released after about 20 hours in captivity.

The corps members and others were picked up by security operatives along Ashige, Shendam Road, close to Assakio, were they were held captive.

The hostages, who were brought to the premises of the state headquarters of INEC in Lafia in two Hilux vans, were deployed to three communities – Adogi, Ashige and Assakio – for the 2015 gubernatorial elections.

The hostages, looking pallid, said they were kept under lock and key without food and water.

Adamu Anzalu, who spoke on behalf of the hostages, told the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Abdullahi Nayaya, that they were released following the intervention of some elders in the communities, after they promised the results would be collated as voted.

Mr. Anzalu explained that they were held hostage because the collation and returning officers absconded and the villagers insisted that until the officers arrived, they would not be released.

“I have to persuade the villagers that the results would not be altered before we were released 20 hours after,” he said. “It was after my plea that the people released us and we called on security operatives who picked us on our way out of the village.”

Mr. Nayaya, assured the hostages of their security and ordered for food for them. He promised to liaise with his officers on the way forward.


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  • tundemash

    Nigerian election riggers are in trouble. Certainly, it won’t be business as usual again.

  • Otile

    Wallahi. Islam is a bane on society.

    • newnigerian1970

      Are the people causing mayhem in Akwa Ibom & Rivers states muslims? Sentiments are no longer useful in the new dispensation. We should all cooperate to develop our land – Martin Luther King Jnr said we should judge people by the content of their character only. The villagers here were fighting to ensure that votes would never be stolen. Please take Martin Luther King’s advice in all that you do and say from now on. Thanks.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      Omokri, the era of divide and rule is forever buried in this country. We are wiser now, Reno, give it up,stop trolling