Friday Olokor and Leke Baiyewu
A corps member, Esi Uwakwe, who was beaten by a police officer in Kaura Namoda, Zamfara State, for allegedly punishing a student in Nasara Standard Academy, has been withdrawn and redeployed to Anambra State.
The National Youth Service Corps added that 11 other corps members serving in the school have been transferred for security reasons.
The NYSC said Uwakwe reported that he punished the pupil because she insulted him, hissed in the class and wrote “nonsense test” on her examination script.
The NYSC Director of Welfare and Inspectorate, Bose Okakwu, made the clarifications on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to her, contrary to reports, the corps member was not brutalised, as there were no injuries inflicted on him.
Okakwu said the corps member, who was invited to Abuja, stated that he was “only” slapped by the police officer and detained for six hours.
Okakwu said, “The corps member who posted it on Facebook has admitted that he was moved to do that. We have all his confessional statements in print. He has pleaded for leniency, but the NYSC is looking into the matter.
“We have removed Uwakwe from the school because when we asked if he was comfortable remaining in the state, he said he would rather leave.
“His relocation has been approved and the corps member is out of Zamfara State.
“I spoke personally with Uwakwe and he said he was not brutalised, but was only detained for six hours.”
Meanwhile, the Senate, on Thursday, called for an investigation into the physical the assault on Uwakwe.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly stated that the redeployment of the corps member to Anambra State, his home state, was not enough, adding that security agencies must fish out those who assaulted him and prosecute them.
A lawmaker representing the Federal Capital Territory at the Senate, Senator Phillip Aduda, said the legislature should probe the incident in a point of order he raised at the plenary on Thursday.
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, advised that the lawmakers get all the facts on the matter before taking any action. (Punchng.com)