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Management to review collaboration with INEC

Last weekend, an NYSC member, Samuel Okonta, was reportedly killed by gunmen in Rivers State

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The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has threatened to review its collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on conduct of polls.

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This development is due to the recurring deaths of corps members on election duties, Vanguard reports.

During the 2011 presidential election, 11 corps members were reportedly killed in Bauchi State and about 150 others had their limbs hacked off  in Kaduna State by people protesting the outcome of the polls.

Last weekend, an NYSC member, Samuel Okonta, was reportedly killed by gunmen in Rivers State and some went missing during the federal and state legislature re-run polls in the state.

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The NYSC Director General, Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawumi, who vowed that the scheme would not relent until the killers of Okonta were brought to justice, said NYSC had set up a committee to look into the killing of Okonta, adding that the committee would determine whether or not the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU it signed with the INEC on participation of corps members in electoral process would be reviewed.

During a visit of Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung and INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu to NYSC in Abuja, Olawumi vowed that Okonta's killers will be found and brought to book.

"I want to use this avenue to call on the Rivers State government and community leaders to do everything humanly possible to bring those who killed this young, innocent man to book. We shall work with relevant agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous act are fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

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