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We’re making efforts to rescue kidnapped corps members – NYSC DG



Brig.-Gen. Yush’au Ahmed, the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says efforts are ongoing to secure the release of the reaming five prospective corps members abducted in Zamfara.

Ahmed made this known at an interactive session with the House of Representatives Committee on Youth Development on Thursday in Abuja.

He explained that of the eight prospective corps members abducted in August 2023 on their way to the orientation camp in Sokoto state, three had been released.

The DG said that all relevant security agencies are working in synergy with the traditional and religious leaders to secure the release of the five.

“We are making efforts to see that we get the children out of captivity. From all the signs we are receiving, we are hopeful we will get them as soon as possible,” he said.


Ahmed said that the released corps members had been redeployed to the FCT and given proper medical attention.

The DG advised against traveling at night saying that it is against the safety tips given to all corps and prospective members.

He urged strict adherence to all the safety tips issued by the scheme to prevent future occurrences.

Earlier, the Chairman of the House Committee on Youth Development, Rep. Martins Esin said that the house is worried about the situation of the corps members.

He said that the interactive session was organised to get first hand information on the situation of the prospective corps members in captivity.


“I am happy, we are happy with the work so far done on the release of those still in captivity, I like the engagements with sister agencies to secure them.

“Based on the interaction we have had, I am certain in my spirit that these prospective corps members will be reunited with their families.

“We are calling on all stakeholders to support the NYSC ensure the security of lives and property of corps members.

“Continue to be on the top of the situation but if we noticed a derail, we will be the first to raise the red flag,” he said.

The lawmaker urged the management of the scheme to proactively come up with rehabilitation programme to take care of trauma that they may have suffered when released.


He said that such programmes will support the victims to be properly reintegrated into the society.

Esin said that there is a need to strengthen the travel advice mechanism to enhance compliance.

“Before your camp, do your combing and raise flags so that corps members can know how to navigate going forward so these things do not happen again.

“We will give you the backing legislative wise to get this scheme forward, this is the best time to do so as we have a President that is a lover of youths and demonstrated in his appointments,” he said.

The chairman pledged that the committee will reconsider the bill on NYSC Trust Fund and apply the necessary motion to have it passed into law.


The committee resolved that the management of NYSC should visit the families of the victims and brief them on the efforts so far made.


Refineries Are Not Created To Reduce Fuel Price– Kyari



Forty eight hours after being summoned by the Senate, the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, has now appeared before the joint committee on appropriations.

The Senate had issued a 24-hour ultimatum on Wednesday to the NNPCL boss after an observations that he had in previous occasions, shunned summons by the Senate to appear before its ad-committee probing over 11 trillion naira expenditure on turn around maintenance of refineries in the country between 2010 and 2023.

Responding to questions by the senate committee on appropriations on the potential drop in pump price of petroleum owing to the expected functionality of refineries, Kyari clarified his comment after he was interrogated again. He explained that it might be possible to have a reduction, but it is not the main objective of the refineries.

He buttressed that maintaining the energy security target has fostered the confidence that in 2024, Nigeria will become a net exporter of petroleum products.

The NNPCL boss affirmed that no subsidy is charged to the federation, adding that the NNPC has contributed 4.45 trillion naira as direct revenue into the federation in a combination of taxes, royalties and dividends and paid 406 billion naira as dividend to Federal Government’s account from July 2023.


According to him, Nigeria does not have credible data for PMS consumption in the country because of the absence of the instrument to measure.

The Chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee, Senator Adeola Olamilekan, had on Wednesday, directed Kyari to appear before the committee in 24 hours.

Olamilekan, who asked Kyari to appear in company of the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), warned that failure to appear undermines the legislature and sabotages the process.

They are required to present the list of all individual companies operating with OML licenses in Nigeria as well as total production output approved on a daily basis.

The lawmaker expressed concerns that some of the revenues required to drive the 2024 budget was attributed to the NNPCL, which according to him, was owned by the Federal Government and responsible to it, and by extension the three arms of government.

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DSS To Start Using Weapons Produced By Personnel – Bichi



The Department of State Services (DSS) said on Saturday it will soon unveil weapons produced by its personnel.

This was disclosed by the DSS Director General, Yusuf Bichi, at the graduation ceremony of the Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC) 16 participants in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to him, the DSS will soon begin to “produce what it eats and eat what it produces.”

Among the weapons the Secret Service will soon unveil are Unmanned Aeriel Vehicles (UAVs), he stated.

Bichi also assured that the agency will continue to support the National Institute for Security Studies to succeed in its quest to impart knowledge that will enhance security in the country.


He charged the participants to utilise the skills they have acquired to develop the country, urging Nigerians to remain patriotic and shun those whom he described as warmongers who want to set the country on fire.

Also at the event is the Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima.

The Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC) 16 commenced in February 2023 with 89 participants drawn from 35 agencies across Nigeria and four other African countries, namely, Niger, The Gambia, Rwanda and Chad.

Three participants lost their lives during the period, leaving 86 participants who graduated on Saturday.

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