Youth Corps member nabbed for robbery, kidnapping

A serving member of the National Youth Corps Scheme has been arrested for armed robbery and kidnapping.

Members of the NYSC

A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), currently serving in Anambra State, has been arrested over his alleged involvement in and kidnapping in and around the state.

During a parade of the Corps member alongside nine other suspects at the Command's headquarters, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ali Okechukwu, explained that the arrest, carried out by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), was as a result of information volunteered by the public.

Okechukwu added that the Corps member had on March 22, conspired with another suspect and broke into the Igwe’s Lodge at Abagana and robbed students of the National Open University of their handsets, laptops and cash of N92, 000.

“On March 6 at about 2100hrs, four kidnappers who hailed from Obosi in Idemili Local Government, lured their victim (a young lady), out of Onitsha Sports Club, via Facebook to Oguta Road in Onitsha, where she was kidnapped at an uncompleted building.

The victim was also kept for days until the ransom of N500, 000 was paid. The victim was stripped naked and video recorded after robbing her of a Samsung Galaxy phone, blue tap phone and wrist watch all valued at N90,000.”

Okechukwu said the Corps member has confessed to the crime and that one locally made short gun with live cartridge and an axe, was recovered.

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