Kidnapped Akwa Ibom Corpers: IPC Tasks Tinubu To Rise To Protect Nigerians

The Ibom Peoples Congress (IPC) an advocacy group of Akwa Ibom people in the United States has called on President Bola Tinubu to move to ensure a release of the eight(8) prospective Corps members abducted on their way to Zamfara for national service.

Senate President Godswill Akpabio, Akwa Ibom Governor Umo Eno, Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police and other Nigerians in critical sectors have also been charged to deploy every means within their powers to ensure release of the young Akwa Ibomites.

The President, Ibom Peoples Congress, Prof John Okon who made the call Wednesday in a press conference in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, regretted that the youths who willingly stepped forward to serve their fatherland had been left in the kidnapper’s den for over 90 days.

Prof Okon said IPC has sent letters to President Tinubu, Senate President Akpabio, Speaker House of Reps, Abbas and the National Security Adviser, to do everything within their powers to ensure freedom of the young graduates and the Akwa Ibom Transport Bus driver.

The IPC President who was flanked by Global Director of Communications of the organization, Citizens Matthew Okono and a member, Greg Amba Obong, appealed to the affore-mentioned leaders to forgo political affiliations and sentiments, but to consider the traumatic effect of the captivity on the young victims and their families.

He listed the abducted prospective corps members to include; Daniel Etim Bassey
Graduate of University of Nigeria, Uyo-Obong Victor, Graduate of University of Uyo, Sabbath Anyaewe Ikan Okorombokoh, Graduate of Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua, Ikot Ekpene.

Others are; Abigail Peter Sandy Graduate of Maurid Polytechnic, Mbiaso, ., Glory Etukudo Thomas Idung Uso, Graduate of Heritage Polytechnic, Eket. Emmanuel Emmanuel Esudue
Oruko, Victoria Bassey Udoka, Graduate of University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Also abducted were; Solomon Bassey Daniel, Graduate of Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua, Ikot Ekpene, and the driver of the transport company, Akwa Ibom Transport Company (AKTC), also among the kidnapped victims.

IPC which recalled that kidnap victims abducted after the prospective corps members were promptly released cautioned that “Injustice against one Akwa Ibomite is injustice to all Akwa Ibomites”
In his words “In view of the foregoing, IPC respectfully requests Mr. President to: Note the long-term mental, emotional, and psychological damage of the hostage situation on the corps members, their parents, family members, and even their entire communities.

“Direct as appropriate for the Nigerian Armed Forces, Police, Intelligences, and other Security Agencies to facilitate immediate release and return of the abducted corps members.
“Direct as appropriate for the government agencies responsible for working collaboratively and sharing information/intelligence with the families of the abducted corps members to assuage their hurts and heightened anxieties.

“As we can no longer allow our children to be exposed to incessant abductions, killings, etc in the course of national service, we strongly recommend the review of the NYSC Scheme to make it more responsive and adaptive to current security and economic realities of the country.

“A high powered NYSC Scheme review committee should be set up with mandate to make recommendations for possible amendment of the extant Act within one month (30 days).

Such amendments should stipulate that corp members serve within their regions and travel distance to states of postings must not exceed 4 -5 hours to avoid night travels before reaching their destinations. This, however could be and or, is subject to review in future as the security situation stabilises
The IPC also. called on Nigerians, political and religious organizations to join voices in the call for the release of the young Nigerians


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