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Reps Asks IGP To Arrest Killers Of Corps Member During Rivers Re-run

The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase to identify and arrest the killers of Samuel Okonta and other National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), members across the country.

The House also urged the Federal Government to put adequate security measures in place for all serving youth corps members throughout the Federation.

Okonta, an ad hoc staff with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ), was killed in the Rivers Rerun elections which held on Saturday, March 19.

The resolutions of the House came on the heels of a motion under matters of urgent public importance entitled, “The Gruesome Murder of Samuel Okonta, a Serving Corps Member in Rivers State”, sponsored by Hon. Segun Adekola.

The lawmaker while moving the motion on the floor, noted that incidents of this nature were becoming too rampant with little or no regard for the lives of Youth Corps members who are on national assignments across the country.

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“There is the urgent need to take drastic action to nip further shedding of innocent blood of our youth in the bud by taking concrete steps in fostering the security and lives of our corps members,” Adekola said.

Contributing to the debate, Hon. Anayo Inebe said if the government cannot guarantee the safety of the corps members, they should be stopped from participating in the scheme.

“If we are not able to protect them, then the youths should not be allowed to participate in the scheme,” Inebe added.

The motion was adopted after it was put to a voice vote following a question by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and thereafter referred to the Committee on Human Rights to investigate Okonta’s death and other corps members and report back to the House within two weeks for further legislative input.