The management of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, refutes a claim encouraging corpers to make ransom available when travelling on high-risk roads.
This is coming following an alleged quote from the service's security handbook that is making rounds on social media.
"When travelling in high-risk roads such as Abuja - Kaduna, Abuja - Lokoja - Okene or Aba - Port-Harcourt roads, then alert your family members, friends and colleagues, in order to have someone on hand to pay off the ransom that could be demanded," it reads in part.
Reacting to the viral report, NYSC emphatically states that the clause quoted is not embedded in the Security Awareness and Education Handbook For Corps Members and Staff.
The statement titled, 'Rebuttal', reads:
The attention of Management of the National Youth Sevice Corps has been drawn to a fake release making the rounds on the social media to the effect that Corps Members travelling on "high risk roads" should alert their families, friends and colleagues in order to have somebody to pay off the ransom that could be demanded in the event of being kidnapped.
Management wishes to emphatically state that the clause quoted is not embedded in NYSC Security Tips pamphlet which was put together by a highly respected retired security expert.
Management wishes to appeal to the general public to always clarify issues with the Scheme.
Please, be wary of falling prey to the antics of mischief makers out to ridicule the Scheme.
Management shall continue to prioritise the security and welfare of Corps Members and staff at all times.