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Jos: NYSC members reject re-deployment

By Taye Obateru & Inalegwu Shaibu, with agency reports

JOS—DESPITE the resolution by the House of Representatives for the redeployment of Batch ‘A’ 2010 NYSC members from Plateau, some of the corps members have rejected the redeployment.

A News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, correspondent who visited the Jos Orientation Camp, yesterday, said that 1,015 out of the 1,211 corps members have registered, with more still arriving.

Meantime, the new Assistant Inspector General, AIG, in charge of Zone 4, Mr. Donald Iroham, who has been asked to oversee security in the wake of unending violence in the state, has vowed that sponsors of the violence would be exposed and dealt with in accordance with the law.

NYSC members adamant
Some of the corps members said they were ready to serve their fatherland in Plateau and that the security problem was not limited to the state but was a national issue.

Jemila Benzi, an indigene of Adamawa, said that though the National Assembly was representing the people and had the interest of the citizens at heart, she was comfortable serving in Plateau.

She said: “I am comfortable wherever I am sent to serve my fatherland. Anywhere I am sent, I will go because I believe that God has a plan for me. Though we are not happy with the crisis, we believe things will get better. Definitely I am not getting any redeployment, I am staying here because I am enjoying the weather, the food and the hospitality of the people.

“You can never get some of the foods and the weather they have on the Plateau elsewhere in this nation. I love this state though there are challenges, I believe things will be okay.”

Corps members: Courtesy: Ajuwaya Essence blog.

Another member, Joshua Danjuma from Gombe State, said: “I am not seeking for any redeployment because I have made up my mind to serve the country. I will definitely stay and serve. My advice to government is to provide adequate security for all Nigerians. It is not only in Plateau.”

Yetunde Aluko from Osun said she would not have considered redeployment but for the pressure from her parents and other family members. She said: “I want to redeploy simply because my family members are not happy that I’m here now and they are very worried. I really feel I should redeploy to another state in the North.”

For Oguntoye Olanrewaju from Ogun, he was redeploying from Plateau on health grounds but would have loved to serve in the state. He said: “If not for the medical reason which I want to redeploy, I wouldn’t mind staying here as there is not much pressure from my parents. All they told me was to try as much as possible to keep to the words of our officials in the camp and behave responsibly so no pressure from them.”

Obong Cletus, an accountancy graduate from the University of Calabar, said every Nigerian needed security and urged the government to secure the lives and property of the citizens.

Cletus wondered what would happen to the thousands of batches ‘B’ and ‘C’ corps members to be posted to Plateau. He asked: “Are they also going to be redeployed?  Will the government redeploy the NYSC officials, civil servants and new students of higher institutions?”

Head of Public Relations in the NYSC in Plateau, Mr. Sam Nkwopara, said that redeployment forms were given to the entire Batch ‘A’ corps members but that less than 400 had indicated their interests to redeploy.

Nkwopara said: “We gave all of them redeployment forms but some who submitted have come back to withdraw them but we say no, until they write letters of withdrawal again. Most of those who wanted redeployment are those with medical and marital reasons. Don’t forget that some of those in camp have their parents, husbands and families here in Jos and have nowhere to redeploy to.”

New AIG spits fire
The new Assistant Inspector General, AIG, in charge of Zone 4, Mr. Donald Iroham who has been asked to oversee security in the state in the wake of unending violence, has vowed that sponsors of the violence in the state would be exposed and dealt with in accordance with the law.

Iroham who was briefing journalists after assuming office at the Plateau Police Command said that some of the suspects arrested in connection with the violence have named some people in their confessional statements. He said the names of those mentioned have been forwarded to Force Headquarters in Abuja for further investigations.

The AIG who said he was in the state to complement security efforts of the state police command said the seven people arrested in connection with Wednesday’s attack on a village in Riyom Local Government Area were undergoing serious interrogation and would be charged to court when investigations were concluded.

He said an helicopter and 10 Hilux special utility vehicles had been released to the command by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, for smooth operations, adding that the helicopter would be used to survey the hinterland to uncover the hideouts of the marauders launching attacks on communities in the state.

Iroham who warned that the police would not tolerate any further acts of lawlessness, said: “enough is enough. We will no longer tolerate this brigandage and unnecessary shedding of blood both in this state and in any other part of the country. We are more than ready to restore normalcy to Plateau State.”

The AIG said that part of his mandate was to restore the lost confidence of the populace in the security system promising to do his utmost to achieve this because “people should have hope and confidence in the police and cooperate for achievement of the desired peace.”

Helen Mark calls for tolerance, harmony
Meanwhile, wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Helen Mark has urged the warring communities in Jos, Plateau State, to sheathe their swords and embrace peace, just as she said reprisal killings won’t end the crisis.

Mrs. Mark said in statement to mark the 2010 Women Day celebration in Abuja that wanton killings and destructions of property would lead to further sufferings and agony, adding that peace can never be gained through fighting.


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