In a traffic accident, four Yobe state corps members died and others were injured, according to a story in the Nigerian Tribune.
Reports said the tragedy occurred on their way back to Yobe from the NYSC Orientation Camp in Taraba after the 2021 Batch ‘C’ Stream II orientation course and relocation to Bauchi and Yobe states.
A condolence message has been sent to the bereaved families from the Yobe state government and the NYSC management.
Goni Bukar Lawan, Yobe’s state commissioner for youth and sports, described the deaths of the corps members as a loss felt not just by the families of the fallen, but also by the state and the nation as a whole.
Young Nigerians, according to Bukar Lawan, passed away during a critical moment in Nigeria’s history when the nation was looking forward to their contributions to national development.
For the serenity of their souls and for the strength to accept their losses, he prayed.
Also speaking, NYSC Director-General Brigadier General Shuiabu Ibrahim expressed sorrow over the deaths of the corps members, describing them as “fallen heroes” who had heeded the call to serve their country with honor.
Represented by the director, northeast area office of the NYSC, Bauchi, Mallam Baba Ladan, the DG described the death as painful and tragic happening at a time when their services towards the growth and development of the country were most needed.
His words: “It is painful losing them at their prime when their contributions to nation-building were most needed.”
The Yobe state government donated N200,000 each to the families, just as the delegation also visited the injured at the General Hospital, Potiskum, where a directive was issued for those with critical cases to be moved to the state teaching hospital in Damaturu.