The management of the National Youth Service Corps has withdrawn corps members from crisis areas of Anambra state in the coming Saturday elections.
Reports revealed that a female corps member was abducted in the state in the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
Confirming the withdrawal of corps members in such areas, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Dr. Nwachukwu Orji, said an alternative measure had been made to take care of the situation.
“I received a letter from the NYSC saying it won’t deploy corps members to conflict-prone areas. But that is not a source worry to us. We have people in our data base standing by for engagement. Some even come to the polling unit uninvited, waiting for opportunities to work. So we will take care of the situation,” Orji stated.
According to reports gathered, the state NYSC coordinator, Kehinde Aremu, had written to INEC in the state asking for the withdrawal of corps members from those areas based on the directive from the headquarters barring corpers from volatile areas.
However, the REC said the decision would not pose any challenge to the coming Saturday poll in the state.
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