it was rain ofl tears for the family members of the slain youth corps member, Samuel Chukwudumeibi Okonta, killed during the re-run election in Rivers State and the officials of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Friday in Delta State.
The tears was ignited by the Director-General National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawumi who could not hold back his tears, when he paid a condolence visit to the family members in Illah, Delta State.
This is despite that the DG told corps members serving in the community not to be deterred by the circumstances of Okonta’s death in the discharge of their national assignment.
The late corps member, who studied Political Science at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State,
had finished his assignment at the polling unit and was going home when he was shot dead along with two others by yet to be unidentified hoodlums.
The Director-General expressed sadness and shock over the gruesome murder of Okonta in the same community where he was serving.
Accompanied by the State Coordinator of the scheme, Mrs. Olive Essien Etukudo and other senior officials of the scheme, assured the family and entire Ilah Community that every effort was being made to apprehend the killers of the corps member.
He assured them that NYSC would not abandon the family in time of grief as it would participate
actively during the burial after a post mortem by the Rivers State Government.
He mourned late Okonta when he signed the condolence register: “It is so sad that you were cut down in the process of serving your nation. Myself, the entire management and staff as well as all members of the corps nationwide are deeply grieved by your death.
“I promise that I will not relent until we ensure that those who keep you permanently silent forever are brought to book. Adieu Samuel and RIP.”
Responding on behalf of the family, Chief Chikwenye Maduku said they have put in so much to train the slain corps member, adding “we can only pray for the repose of his soul.”
The eldest sister of the late corps member, Mrs. Victoria Akpa who wept uncontrollably told reporters that the boy suffered too much to graduate and that his death was shocking to the family.
Mrs. Akpu said: “The news of his death was schooling. They stabbed my heart. They killed me. His father died in 1993, mother in 2015. I have been taking care of him. No relation helped us. Everybody ran away but we managed until he graduated.”
The delegation also visited the traditional ruler of Illah, RM, Obi Akazue Gbemudu 11Ogbelani of Ilah where the DG praised the prevailing peace in the town as they were friendly received by the people.