Daily Trust (Abuja)

14 February 2013

Nigeria: Corps Members Threaten to Disrupt Passing Out Parade

Ado- Ekiti — Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Ekiti State have threatened to storm the streets of Ado-Ekiti today to protest alleged brutalization of one of their colleagues, Mr. Anthony Onuagbara, by policemen attached to the Special Anti-robbery Squad in Ado-Ekiti.

The victim, who is a 21 years old graduate of Marketing from the Anambra State University, was allegedly brutalised at his residence on August 12, 2012, by officials of SARS, and in the process lost one of his eyes.

The corps members, who were at the Press Centre yesterday, lamented the pitiable condition of Onuagbara, who they said can no longer see with one of his eyes as a result of the beating.

The corps members who pleaded for the Federal Government's intervention, alleged that the authorities of NYSC have not shown any concern for the victim.

One of the corps members said, "We are mobilizing our colleagues to stage a protest on Thursday (today) at the passing out parade since we have observed that the police and the NYSC are covering up the case. How can a corps member who came to serve his fatherland with every part of his body complete go back as a disabled and they expect us not to say anything."

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Victor Babayemi, said the matter is still under investigation.

The state coordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Tunde Baba-Ahmed, could not be reached for comments.

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