Following the persistent attacks and killings of corps members during election duties, the authorities of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), have threatened to review its collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on conduction of polls.
This is just as the Federal Government, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, condemned the killings in Rivers State.
In 2011, during the presidential poll, 11 corps members were murdered in Bauchi State with a host of others left handicapped in Kaduna from unforeseen attacks by people protesting the outcome of the polls.
On Saturday night, another corps member, Samuel Dumebi Okonta, was murdered in cold blood by unknown gunmen in Rivers State, while some were abducted during the federal and state legislature re-run polls in the state.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung and Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu yesterday paid a condolence visit to the NYSC headquarters in Abuja following the death of the youth corps member.
Speaking during the condolence visit, 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.
The DG also made it clear 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.
“I have set up a committee to fully investigate the issue, the report of that committee would determine if we have to review our MoU with INEC. But it is a shame on the Rivers State Government and community leaders where this happened. We are going to get to the root of the matter,” he said.
Similarly, the Federal Government assured that the perpetrators of the electoral violence in Rivers would be fished out and punished.