The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that Borno State Coordinator, Mr Rabiu Aminu, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Maiduguri.
Aminu disclosed that the corps member was abducted alongside a pastor with the Living Faith Church, simply identified as Oyeleke, in an attack coordinated by the insurgents against motorists on Maiduguri to Chibok road on April 10.
He disclosed that the corps member with Registration Number: BO18b/067; was deployed to Borno State Council of Arts and Culture, located in Maiduguri.
The coordinator lamented that the corps member was abducted while travelling together with his pastor and other members of the church.
“The church claimed that the corps member was abducted alongside his pastor.
“NYSC deploys corps members to only four of the 27 local government areas in the state.
“The councils are Jere, Bayo, Biu and Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC).
“For any corps member to travel, he has to apply through proper channel and this involves formal request from his employer, through the zonal inspector and channel to the state coordinator, where we look at it, endorse or approve the request.
“It was unfortunate that the said corps member travelled on his own; we have been having sleepless night over the issue, because he is under our custody.
“We visited the Church, and the Commissioner of Police called us on Friday over the incident and assured us of their total support to address the situation,” he said.
Aminu sympathised with families of the abducted corps member and called on Nigerians to pray for his release from the insurgents’ captivity.
Teenager, man drown in Kano within hours
Spokesman for the Kano State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, told the News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano, that 18-year-old Murtala drowned at 5pm.
“We received a distress call from one Abubakar Aliyu at 5pm that Murtala’s body was found floating in a pond.
“On receiving the information, we sent our rescue team to the scene at 5:15pm.
“The cause of the incident is still under investigation.
“Murtala was found dead and his corpse was later handed over to his father, Alhaji Murtala Salisu,’’ the spokesman said.
In another development, the fire service spokesman added that 20-year-old Mohammed Shaharali drowned when he fell into an open pool of water on Sunday morning at Ladanai in Nasarawa LGA of Kano State.
The spokesman said that the service received a call from one Mr Ishaiaku Yaro, at 9:22am who said that a body was found floating on the water.
“Upon receiving the information, we quickly dispatched our rescue team to the scene at 9:30am.” he said.
According to him, the deceased was rescued unconscious but later confirmed dead.
The spokesman said that his remains were handed to the Head of Hotoron Arewa Central Ward, Alhaji Murtala Mohammed.
He advised the general public to be careful while bathing in pools, ponds and other sources of water.
NAN reports that there have been increased cases of drowning since the commencement of the heat season in Kano about a month ago.
Kaduna: ECWA pastor, daughter, 16 others kidnapped
The Nation reports that the Pastor and 16 others, among whom were his daughter and son of the pastor of Assemblies of God Church, were seized by gunmen within the church premises during service on Sunday.
Zaria DCC Secretary of the church, Rev Nath Waziri said “It is sad to inform you that one of our pastors, his daughter and 15 other members of ECWA Church Dankade were kidnapped in the early hours of today.
“The church hosted a combined choir fellowship Saturday night to early hours of today. Then, this morning (Sunday), kidnappers stormed the church, when the gunmen came, they asked everyone in the church to surrender his or her phones and demanded the whereabouts of the pastor.
“After threatening the choristers they became afraid and showed them the pastor’s home. They took him away and his daughter with 15 others, including the son of the pastor of Assemblies of God Church.”
He added that as at 10 p.m. on Sunday, no contact has been established with the kidnappers.
Kwara: Gov. Ahmed speaks on ‘moving’ State-owned property out of Government House
The Government, in a statement to DAILY POST on Monday, dismissed the story making the rounds in some quarters as false news.
It was reported that Gov Ahmed and some other government officials in the Government House, Ilorin were moving government property just few days to the end of their tenure.
However, in a brief statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Dr Muyideen Akorede, the government said what was being erroneously circulated were images of a truck load of charity (Zakat) items provided by Alhaji Aliko Dangote through his foundation which were being taken out of government house for distribution to people in keeping with the annual practice.
The statement added, “Clearly, those were not government property. For the record, all government property inside government house are bar-coded and contained in an inventory which will be handed over to the incoming government.”
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