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Man shot dead in Bayelsa not Corps member - NYSC speaks up

Man shot dead in Bayelsa not Corps member - NYSC speaks up

- NYSC management has said the man that was shot dead in Bayelsa state is not a Corps member

- Samuel Collins was shot dead on Saturday by gunmen suspected to be members of a cult group

- The management said no such name as Samuel Collins was on the list of serving Corps members

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has reacted to recent report about a Corps member shot dead in Bayelsa state.

In an earlier report, a 30-year-old man identified as Samuel Collins was shot dead by gunmen suspected to be members of a cult group.

According to the report, he was a corps member who hailed from Port Harcourt in neighboring Rivers State and was a graduate of engineering from the University of Benin.

Reacting to the report, the NYSC in a statement issued on Monday, June 26, said Collins was not a Corps member.

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The statement read: "Management wishes to state that, contrary to the impression created in the report, the deceased was not a Corps member.

"A search through our records in Bayelsa State showed no such name as Samuel Collins on the list of serving Corps members.

"For the avoidance of doubt, Police in the state have identified the deceased as staff of a Yenagoa-based agency.

"While sympathizing with the bereaved family, we take exception to the misrepresentation of facts in that report, which is capable of sensationalizing the issue of safety and general welfare of our Corps members.”

The NYSC management called on all Corps members serving in Bayelsa to stay calm as measures were in place to guarantee their safety.

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NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the incident occurred on Saturday evening on Melford Okilo Road, INEC/Kpansia area of Yenagoa metropolis.

Eyewitnesses at the scene disclosed that the young man was shot in the head at close range and died minutes later.

The police have since removed his body and deposited it at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa.

Some months back, the NYSC management commenced investigation into the death of three corps members in various circumstances. The deceased died during the 2016 Batch ‘B’ (Stream I) Orientation Course in Bayelsa, Kano and Zamfara states.

Meanwhile, see these NYSC members doing wonders at their place of primary assignment in the NAIJ.com video below:

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