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Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect have kidnapped a National Youth Service Corps member, Abraham Amuta; and a pastor with Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), identified as Oyeleke.

The two kidnap incidents happened in Borno State.

Friends of the corps member said on Twitter that they were abducted two weeks ago on their way to Chibok to distribute relief items to Internally Displaced Persons and evangelise.

It was said that they were in a vehicle alongside some other passengers when the attack occurred.

Amuta, it was learnt, is the only son of his parents.

One Success Ezeanya, who claimed to be Abraham’s friend, wrote, “Abraham Amuta is a corps member serving in Maiduguri. He was abducted by Boko Haram two weeks ago. He went for evangelism with a pastor from his church — Living Faith. He is an only son. Let’s not forget him in our prayers.

“He is a Batch B, Stream 1 corps member serving in Maiduguri, Borno State. It’s been over two weeks now since he went missing in Maiduguri. Some people claiming to be Boko Haram have called and claimed to have abducted him. Please, retweet until the Federal Government sees this.”

Due to the volatile nature of Borno State, corps members are usually given the option to ask for redeployment.

Last November alone, a total of 818 out of 1,118 corps members of the Batch C were redeployed.

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State had pleaded with corps members deployed in the state not to seek redeployment, assuring them of his government’s commitment to their welfare and security.

He also told them that they were major stakeholders in the task of the development of the state.

According to him, the state still pays monthly allowances of N10,000 to all categories of corps members; N50,000 to paramedics graduates and N100,000 to corps members who are medical doctors.
The immediate past Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig. Gen. Zakari Kazaure, had warned corps members living in volatile areas not to engage in evangelism.

He insisted that the concern of the corps members should be to serve and not to go and indoctrinate the host communities.

“Let me, however, warn you that you are posted to go and serve and not to go and evangelise.

“Your concern should be to serve and not to go and indoctrinate your host communities.

“Conversion of souls is not your concern,” Kazaure had said.


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