By Demola Akinyemi
ILORIN—Tragedy struck in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, on Sunday night as a member of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, serving in the state, Miss Yetunde Shukurat Idowu, was found on the street, dead.
Vanguard reliably gathered that her last visit before she was found dead was to the popular shopping mall, Shoprite, located along Fate Road.
Consequently, concerned roommate and neighbours constituted themselves into a search party that found Yetunde stone dead on a street at GRA, Ilorin.
Vanguard also gathered that the family of the late youth corps member had been contacted, while her corpse would be released today (Wednesday) on the insistence of the family.
It was also gathered that the deceased, who was an indigene of Ogun State but lived along the popular Fate Road, Ilorin, was of the NYSC 2014 Batch ‘B’ set.
Vanguard investigations, however, revealed that the corps member who went to Shoprite on the fateful day, must have been given a free ride.
Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the incident, but could not confirm whether or not the late corps member was given a ride, saying they were still investigating.
Asked whether she was given a ride, he said: “All these are guess work. Nobody has volunteered any statement to us. If anybody has any information, maybe they should get to us.
“As far as we are concerned, it was a reported case of ‘found dead’ with a broken skull and bruises. For now, I cannot tell you whether it was a case of rape, abduction or kidnapping.
“We are still investigating. We cannot conclusively say it is a case of abduction or ritual killing because no part of the body was missing.
“It could be a case of a hit-and-run by a careless driver or an outright accident. I cannot confirm that she was raped because all the examinations conducted on her does not show any sign of rape and we are still investigating. But I cannot say exactly what happened.”
He said the corpse would be released today, while investigation was ongoing.
The state NYSC Public Relations Officer, Mr. Oladipo Morakinyo, confirmed the incident yesterday, adding that the family had been contacted.
He said: “It is only the medical expert that can diagnose what actually killed her and this is beyond the scope of our scheme.
“The most important thing is that a corps member died and NYSC has done the necessary thing that we are expected to do. We have contacted the family.”
The corps member served with the state broadcasting corpo-ration, Radio Kwara, Ilorin.