There was pandemonium at Yolde Pate NYSC corpers’ lodge in Yola South local government of Adamawa State following the cold blooded murder of a 28-year-old NYSC member from Taraba State, Samaila Awudu.
Reports indicated that the incident has instil fears into the minds of the NYSC members serving in Adamawa State.
Information pieced by our reporter indicated that the ugly incident happened in the wee hours of last Saturday when armed bearing assailants numbering five struck the lodge and attacked the youth corp member resulting in life threatening wounds.
This paper learnt that the victim was rushed to the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Yola for treatment in company of the commissioner of Police Adamawa State where he gave up the ghost.
Confirming the incident, Adamawa State NYSC Director Mr Jingi Dennis said that investigation is ongoing to unravel the killers of the corp member.
He described the death of Awudu as “a huge lost not only to Taraba State but the whole Nation. It’s very sad.”
He noted that NYSC authorities, the state government and the police are doing everything possible to unravel the mystery and to bring the perpetrators of the heinous act to book.
He called on the parents of the corp member to take everything as the will of God adding that death can come at anytime.
Speaking to our Correspondent the Police Public Relations Officer, S.P. Sulieman Ngoruje said the Command is aware of the situation and that investigation has already began.
“The Adamawa State Police Command under the leadership of C. P. Sikiru Akande is already carrying out investigation to find out those behind this Killing coupled with the fact that Police are saddled with the responsibility to investigate and fish out those behind this crime.
“Where somebody’s life is taken the Police will not relent in it’s effort to fish out those behind the crime and bring them to book”.
“We are assuring all members of the Public that this is an eye opener and the Command has already meet with the NYSC Officials so that the lives of NYSC members in Adamawa State could be secured.
“When the incident happened, the Commissioner of Police drove down to the scene and he was the first person to take him to the hospital himself,” Nguroje said.
According to the PPRO “It is on record that this is the very first time such a thing is happening in Adamawa State. We have lots of NYSC members who can testify to that. The Command is working towards their safety and we are not going to allow such a thing happen in this Command again” he emphasized.
He called on corp members to go about their normal duties because a lot of measures have been put in place to checkmate hoodlums with assurances of guarantee for the safety of their lives in Adamawa State.
A corp member who spoke in anonymity said the killers were more than five in numbers. He noted that when the assailants came, they locked up all the doors of the other corp members before going to Samaila’s room.
“They used axe in cutting him and thought he was already dead. Since all the other corp members were locked up in their rooms, there was no way for anyone to come to Samaila’s aid. Maybe they were hired killers we don’t know. Right now we are all living in fear,” the corp member said.
A very close friend to Samaila Awudu described his death as heart breaking and a loss not only to the band members but the entire NYSC Nation Wide. “he was very close to me and I don’t know how I will get over the shock. I wish him eternal rest”. he concluded.