Alleged corps members’ flogging: NGO wants IGP to launch investigation

A non-governmental organisation, Anti- Kidnapping, Human Trafficking, Drug and Child AbuseInitiative, (AKH-TRACADA) has called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, to urgently investigate alleged ‘merciless flogging’ of a member of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Zamfara state, Mr Michael.

The NGO also called on federal government, the state governments, the Department State Services (DSS), Director General and state coordinator of NYSC and the emir of Kaura Namoda as well as the Commissioner of Police in the state to wade into the matter and fish out the culprits.

Executive Director of the NGO, Mr Ezeanache Belonwu described the incident as a heinous crime against humanity, adding that it should not be allowed to go unpunished if verified.

Belonwu who spoke to our reporter in an telephone interview on Tuesday said that if the story is anything to go by, the culprits should be rounded up and punished to serve as deterrent to others who may contemplate to commit similar crime.

He said, “AKH-TRACADA is urging the IGP of Nigeria police force to vigorously investigate this heinous crime  against humanity and bring the culprits to justice.”

According to the story, the entire corps members serving in Kaura Namoda, Zamfara State, were thrown into pain and trepidation by the incident.

Michael, serving in Nasara Standard Academy, “was said to have been brutalised, manhandled and reduced to nothing through excessive flogging by boys recruited by the father of a student of the school, supervised by a man in Kaura Namoda

The man whose name was not disclosed was said to be a father of one of Michael’s students who he punished over an undisclosed offence committed in his class.

He had ordered his boys to flog his son’s teacher (corps member) to a pulp and when they were through, Michael was driven to the police station where he was subjected to further torture.

Attempt by Michael’s colleagues who later arrived at the scene  to protest against the reign of terror against their colleague was said to be thwarted by the police in the area.

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