The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has clarified that the brutalised Corps Member deployed to LEA primary school, Lugbe as INEC ad-hoc staff was not dead but recuperating after treatment at the hospital.
NYSC Spokesperson Eddy Megwa, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday, February 27, 2023, explained that the corps member was brutalised by angry mob on the suspicion that he was involved in the act of thumbprinting ballot papers in favour of one of the presidential aspirants.
Megwa said, the brutalisation of the Corps Member was a case of mistaken identity. He informed that this was made known after investigation by the security agencies.
He added that the management of the scheme would not shield any Corps Member that runs foul of the electorial act if found guilty.
He also stated that the Corps Member was not part of the criminal gang involved in the said act.
Megwa further stated that the culprits who were neither Corps Members nor officials of the National Youth Service Corps had been apprehended by the Police. Also, “the brutalised Corps Member did not die as reported but recuperating after treatment at the hospital.
“The Scheme therefore wishes to call on Nigerians to exercise restraint on issues that concern Corps Members and other electorial officers on national assignment during the general elections.
“Management wishes to once again admonish Corps Members participating in the conduct of the general elections to ensure the highest degree of neutrality and discipline in their approach to the national assignment, as membership of the Corps cannot prevent them from prosecution if there is infraction to the Electoral Act”, the NYSC Spokesperson said.