NYSC confirms assault on Zamfara corps member, blames ‘overzealous policeman’

NYSC Corps members
NYSC Corps members

The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has confirmed the assault of a corps member serving in Zamfara State.

But it said the corps member was only slapped by an “overzealous officer”, contrary to the “exaggerated’ accounts of the incident on social media.

There have been social media reports that the corps member serving in Kaura Namoda, Zamfara State, was brutalised by a wealthy man in the town, as well as hired thugs.

The corps member was reportedly assaulted leading to serious body injuries because he administered punishment on his student who turned to be wealthy man’s ward.

The NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, Abosede Aderibigbe, confirmed the assault of the corps member through a statement.

Mrs. Aderibigbe said the corps member, whose name she gave as Esi Uwakwe, was only slapped by a police office.

“Our findings showed that the Corps member, who is serving in a school, went beyond his responsibility of teaching and adoption of acceptable approaches to discipline by causing knee injuries to one of his students whom he instructed to crawl on her knees”, Mrs. Aderibigbe said in the statement.

“The angered father of the student took the matter to the police and in the course of handling the case, an overzealous officer slapped the corps member.

“Our position on the matter is that both the corps member and the policeman were wrong in their approaches”, she said.

She, however, stated that the Zamfara State Commissioner of Police invited all parties to his office for amicable resolution of the case.

While sympathizing with the victim, Mrs. Aderibigbe stated that the picture of a man with cuts on his back, which is being circulated online, is not that of Corps member Uwakwe, but merely posted with intent to cause mischief and further mislead the public.

She urged corps members, especially those on teaching assignments, to always exercise caution in handling disciplinary cases and to refer serious cases to their school supervisors.


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  • Citizen

    The questions are: for the purpose of his service, is the assaulted Corp member a teacher? If yes, is he not entitled in law to met out a reasonable punishment for the proper correction of a wayward student under his care?
    There was a case of a teacher, in an attempt to correct a student mistakingly blinded him in one of his eye, thought the act was condemned but the Supreme court held the teacher not to be liable in anyway whatsoever.
    The attempt of the nysc spokesperson to stylishly put the blame of the entire untoward event on the corper is very pathetic. I wish the assaulted corper is allowed to address the press himself so that we all determine the extent of the damage done to his person as a result of the barbaric act of a public officer that was hired to do a thug’s job.

    • Smart

      A teacher of whichever level is not expected to carry out sever

    • Obosi Warrior

      Corpers that are posted to schools are there as auxiliary teachers. They are not qualified teachers, hence their scope of practice are functionally limited. These are what should be included in the corpers orientation programs, they should be trained on how to restrain erring students, and at what point they should alert a “supervising teacher.” The policeman who allegedly slapped the corper went above board as well. Both incidence boils down on the need for proper training and re-training of public servants.

  • Equano2016

    “Only slapped”. Only in the zoo called Nigeria would people think that’s ok.