Drama as NYSC denies express advice for corpers to prepare ransom when using high-risk roads

The management of the National Youth Service Corps has denied an express advice in the handbook issued to corps members.

The handbook on page 56 advised corps members travelling on "high-risk" roads to alert their "family members, friends and colleagues" in case they are kidnapped.

This appears to be a tardy disposition to the review of official documents.

The section of the handbook said: Do not antagonise your captors, be polite and operate with reasonable regards. 

Give reasonable cooperation to your abductors. Establish personal relationship with your abductor as soon as possible. 

The NYSC emphatically states that the clause is not embedded in their handbook, which it says was compiled by a 'highly respected retired security expert'. 

Make no statement to the media after your release without official clearance but share your experience with close associates." 

Also, page 57 of the handbook tutored corps members on how to conduct themselves when kidnapped.

Despite the fact that the authorities distributed the handbook to every corps member during their orientation exercise across the country, the NYSC management refuted the content of the handbook in a statement titled "Rebuttal."

Its reads;;;

"The attention of Management of the National Youth Sevice Corps has been drawn to a fake release making the rounds on the social media to the effect that Corps Members travelling on “high risk roads” should alert their families, friends and colleagues in order to have somebody to pay off the ransom that could be demanded in the event of being kidnapped. 

"Management wishes to emphatically state that the clause quoted is not embedded in NYSC Security Tips pamphlet which was put together by a highly respected retired security expert. 

"Management wishes to appeal to the general public to always clarify issues with the Scheme. Please, be wary of falling prey to the antics of mischief makers out to ridicule the Scheme. 

"Management shall continue to prioritise the security and welfare of Corps Members and staff at all times."

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