NYSC distances self from corps member arrested over ‘drugged candies’

Director-General of the Scheme, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, made the appeal in his keynote address at the ongoing meeting of NYSC’s top management with representatives of the State Governments and the FCT administration, in Abuja.

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has distanced itself from the corps member arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr Arnold Meniru.

Newsmen had reported the operatives of the NDLEA, arrested Arnold Meniru, a serving youth corps member, for alleged importation of four (4) kilograms of drugged candies from the United Kingdom.

Reacting to the development, NYSC in a statement by the director, Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, reiterated its unequivocal stand against any form of crime by any individual including corps members.

“Cognizance of the dangers and negative effects of drugs particularly on the youth, the NYSC over the years have been collaborating with the NDLEA to sensitize and counsel corps members and the public against substance abuse.

“Prospective corps members, before being admitted into NYSC Orientation Camps, are usually searched thoroughly by NDLEA operatives (who are also resident in the camps throughout the duration of the programme) to prevent importation and use of illegal substances in the camps.

“Equally, sensitization on the dangers of illicit drugs is one of the major lectures packaged for the orientation exercise.

“In addition, there is an existing NYSC/NDLEA Community Development Service (CDS) group whose mandate is to organize public campaigns against the use of illicit substances to curb drug abuse.

“In the same vein, the director-general of the scheme, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, uses every opportunity to counsel corps members on the dangers and implications of engaging in crimes including drug abuse,”, the statement read.

It added that the NYSC, being an integral part of the composite Nigerian society, corps members are subject to the laws of the country.

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