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Rivers: Read the sad thing that happened to this corps member on election duty (photos)

– A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Okonta Samuel Dumebi, was shot by hoodlums

– The armed hoodlums stormed the polling centre at Ahoada West local government area of the state to disrupt the election

– Another corp member, Anana Aniekan Udoetor, who was declared missing after the shooting has returned

A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Okonta Samuel Dumebi, who was on election duties in Rivers state rerun parliamentary elections on March 19, was shot dead by hoodlums.

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The Nation reports that the sad incident which happened on Saturday (March 19) was brought to public knowledge on March 21.

Dumebi, an orphan from Illah area of Delta state, was serving as ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at Ahoada West local government area when he and two of his colleagues were attacked by hoodlums who were trying to disturb the conduct of the free and fair exercise. It was gathered that two of his colleague managed to flee into hiding, but Demebi was shot dead.

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The murdered corps member, Dumebi Samuel Okonta.

The NYSC management in a statement issued on March 21, confirmed Dumebi’s death, describing it as “primitive, barbaric and ungodly.”

The statement also revealed that another corps member, Anana Aniekan Udoetor, who was declared missing after the sporadic shooting, has returned safely.

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The corps member, Okonta Samuel Dumebi being treated after he was shot during the Rivers state rerun elections.

“The management of the National Youth Service Corps regrets to announce the loss of a Corps member Okonta Dumebi Samuel (RV/15B/5539) during the rerun elections held in Rivers State at the weekend.

“Corps member Okonta Samuel, who until his demise served at GCSS Ukpeliede, was shot dead by some unknown gunmen in Ahoada West Local Government Area. The murder of this patriotic young man, who was an orphan, is primitive, barbaric and ungodly and should be strongly condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians.

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The corps member, Okonta Samuel Dumebi being treated after he was shot during the Rivers state rerun elections.

“The NYSC shall work with relevant agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous act are fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law. We consider Okonta Samuel’s death as a great loss, not only to his immediate family, but also to all of us in the NYSC family and the entire nation.

“May the Almighty God grant him eternal rest, and give his immediate family and the rest of us the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

“Meanwhile, two other Corps members that were with the deceased at the time of the incident escaped from the scene through the help of security agents. We also wish to inform that another Corps member, Anana Aniekan Udoetor (RV/15B/5537), who was earlier reported missing, has been found and is hale and hearty,” the statement reads.

Illah community youths react to Dumebi’s death

The youths in Illah community besieged the Facebook page of the late Dumebi to pour out their heartfelt messages after Obiageli Nwokocha broke the news to Illah youths.

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The corps member, Okonta Samuel Dumebi being treated after he was shot during the Rivers state rerun elections.

Obiageli Nwokocha wrote: “Of what purpose was the rerun election in Rivers State to the poor and innocent masses? Dead bodies found all over the state. Why are politicians killing those who are not part of them? I am writing this with a heavy heart. It is only in Nigeria that youth service is risky. If Boko Haram did not kill Corps members, politicians will…

“Losing old people is better than losing a young vibrant youth that should make great impact to our future. Dumebi Okonta Samuel! I am speechless, shocked and in pain. You left so early without a notice. You only went to serve your fatherland, but it is obvious the land does not serve you well. I have always known you to have good relationship with God. I pray that the Lord receive and welcome your soul to heaven. To my Illah youth and friends, we need to embrace God. RIP my friend.”

Mary Obosi Egbuchiem, who lives in Abuja, wrote: “What a world we are. The last time I saw you (the late Dumebi) was during my son’s dedication. Oh God, come and rescue your children from the hands of death. Tears. RIP Dumebi.”

Uzor Amos wrote: “My best friend is no more. What sad news. In fact, I can’t believe this. Well, may your soul rest in peace my brother and friend.”

Another Illah youth, Ojubi Ezenwa wrote: “What a bitter story. Unforgettable pains have been caused to us, we the youth of Illah. I can’t still believe you are no more. Rest in peace is all we have to say, brother. But, it is so sad that we did not see again, until I heard that you are dead.”

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Meanwhile, there is a conflicting figure of the number of people that lost their lives in the bloody rerun legislative elections in the state.

Residents and local political actors said no fewer than seven people were killed in parts of the state, but the police said four people were killed, while 22 people were arrested for various offences during the exercise.

In a related development, The Cable reports that the NYSC has postponed the three-week Batch A orientation programme for its members. The NYSC in a notice titled: “2016 Batch A orientation course: Change of commencement of orientation exercise,” was published on its website on March 18.

The three-week orientation programme, earlier scheduled to commence on March 30, has been rescheduled to start on April 27.

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