The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has confirmed abduction of a male corps member, Abraham Amuta, along Chibok road in Borno state.
Rabiu Aminu, the Borno State Coordinator of NYSC said, the corps member was abducted alongside a Living Faith Church pastor simply identified as ‘Oyeleke’ in an attack coordinated by the insurgents against motorists on Maiduguri-Chibok Road on April 10.
He said the corps member, with Registration Number BO18b/067, was deployed to Borno State Council of Arts and Culture, Maiduguri, but he and his pastor were abducted while travelling with other members of the church.
He said the corps member travelled without taking permission from his Zonal Inspector.
“The church claimed that the corps member was abducted alongside his pastor. NYSC deploys corps members to only four of the 27 local government areas in the state. The councils are Jere, Bayo, Biu and Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC).
“For any corps member to travel, he has to apply through proper channel and this involves a formal request from his employer, through the zonal inspector and channel to the state coordinator, where we look at it, endorse or approve the request. It was unfortunate that the said corps member travelled on his own. We have been having sleepless night over the issue because he is under our custody.
“We visited the Church, and the Commissioner of Police called us on Friday over the incident and assured us of their total support to address the situation,”
It was through the church that NYSC learnt of Amuta’s abduction. “Living faith Church wrote to us one week ago informing us about how one of our corps members named Abraham Amuta, Batch B, Stream 1, was abducted by members of Boko Haram,” he said.
“In the letter addressed to our state coordinator, they said a committee, led by Pastor Oyekele, was set up by the church to distribute relief items to internally displaced persons in Chibok.
According to them, the abducted corps member was not part of the of the committee set up by the church for the programme, but he insisted to go with them.
“We have been having sleepless nights over the issue, because he is under our custody. We visited the church, and the Commissioner of Police called us on Friday over the incident and assured us of their total support in addressing the situation.”
The alarm about Amuta’s kidnap was first raised on Twitter by his friends, who said he and the pastor were abducted two weeks ago while travelling to Chibok to distribute relief items to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and evangelise.