As reactions continues to trail the recent attack on FC Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club by some daredevil gunmen dressed in NYSC uniform, the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Scheme has exonerated its members, saying corps members neither bear arms, nor carryout stop – and – search operations.
The scheme in a statement signed on Tuesday in Abuja by director Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, calls on law enforcement agencies, especially the Police and Department of State Services to immediately apprehend and prosecute any unqualified person caught in NYSC uniform since such person poses a big threat to national security.
“While Management sincerely commiserates with the notable football team over the attack which sadly resulted in severe bodily harm to the bus driver who was shot and some team members who also sustained injuries, it wishes to dissociate the National Youth Service Corps from the dastardly attack.
“Management wishes to reiterate that under the NYSC Act CAP N84 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, it is a criminal offence for any person who is not a member of the Corps to put on NYSC uniform or any part of it.
“Management therefore calls on law enforcement agencies, especially the Police and Department of State Services to immediately apprehend and prosecute any unqualified person caught in NYSC uniform since such person poses a big threat to national security,” she said.
She said further that the scheme will spare no effort in shielding the uniform from unwarranted abuses by some film makers, as well as comedians who employ NYSC uniform as costume, without first and foremost seeking permission from the Scheme to do so.
“Henceforth, the full weight of the law will be brought to bear on such culprits.
“As Management wishes the injured team members speedy recovery, the Director – General of the Scheme, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim in the same vein admonishes all Corps Members to, at all times make their identity cards readily available for identification,” she said