Boko Haram terrorists have kidnapped Abraham Amuta, a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Rabiu Aminu, the Borno State Coordinator of NYSC, has confirmed.
Speaking with the media in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, on Monday, Aminu said Abraham was abducted alongside a Living Faith Church pastor simply identified as ‘Oyeleke’ in an attack coordinated by the insurgents against motorists on Maiduguri-Chibok Road on April 10.
He said the corps member, with Registration Number BO18b/067, was deployed to Borno State Council of Arts and Culture, Maiduguri, but he and his pastor were abducted while travelling with other members of the church.
Aminu said ;
“The church claimed that the corps member was abducted alongside his pastor, NYSC deploys corps members to only four of the 27 local government areas in the state. The councils are Jere, Bayo, Biu and Maiduguri Metropolitan Council.
He explained that for any corps member to travel, he has to apply through proper channels, which involves formal request from his employer, through the zonal inspector and channelled to the state coordinator, where it would be considered for approval or rejection. This, he said, the corps member did not do.
“It was unfortunate that the said corps member travelled on his own,” he said.
“We have been having sleepless nights over the issue, because he is under our custody. We visited the church, and the Commissioner of Police called us on Friday over the incident and assured us of their total support in addressing the situation.”
Amuta, it was learnt, is the only son of his parents.