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#SulejaCorpers – Your Voices Were Heard! 2 NYSC Corpers Released on Bail

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In the world of Boko Haram, Global refugee crisis and all the other atrocities, it is easy to begin to feel helpless.
When BN received an email from a concerned reader currently serving as a Youth Corper in Suleja, our first thought was to share the story, which we did.

The corper told the story of how Youth corpers were out and about in Suleja, suddenly they were accused of being robbers, savagely beaten by a vigilante mob and then arrested by the Police.
Click here to read the full story.

After we published the story, our BellaNaijarians reacted with shock and condemnation.

At that point, we knew we had to do something more.

We shared the story via twitter with the hashtag #SulejaCorpers – and we thank every single person who retweeted to spread the word because your voices were heard!

In addition, we got in touch with Assistant Superintendent of Police for Niger State – ASP Bala Elkana James. We have to give commendation where it is due. We did not have any extra connection, we simply searched the Nigerian Police Force website for his contact. From the moment we called, he was polite and open. He listened to our concerns and give us an overview of the case.

We also communicated with the Human Rights Commission which promised to assist.

We continued to send out updates via Twitter.

The #SulejaCorpers hashtag trended on Twitter last night.

2 Twitter copyJust a few hours later, 2 of the 3 corpers were released to the NYSC command.

The third corper is still being held because according to the Police, the accusations against him are more concrete. The other 2 corpers will continue to visit the Police HQ in Minna for questioning until the case is cleared or they are formally charged.

Thanks to the brave Corper who sent in the story, thanks to our BN family and Twittersphere for everything.

This is just a reminder that WE can make an impact.

BN will keep you updated.

Photo Credit: Imo State Blog *Photo for Illustrative Purposes Only*

15 Comments

  1. koins

    September 10, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Go BN!

  2. The real D

    September 10, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Wow!!!! So relieved to be reading this. The story genuinely bothered me.

  3. priscilla

    September 10, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    i hope he is still alive,y hold him without chargn him to court!

  4. Gistyinka Blog

    September 10, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Kudos to all Bella Naija team over this issue. Pray and hope the remaining guy should be released very soon…

  5. Trying to contain my anger!

    September 10, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you Lord! All things are possible through you!
    Those police officers need to be punished!

  6. nikky

    September 10, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    As much good as this hash tag did, it’s scary to imagine the hundreds if not thousands of innocent young men and women being held in police custody with no one to speak for them.

  7. busybrain

    September 10, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Thank God sum1 made a move. Ur actions count in all situations.

  8. essy

    September 10, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    God bless you Bella Naija and the good samaritan who shared this story!!
    #BNRocks ,#SulejaCorpers,#WecanMakeAnImpact

  9. nuellavista

    September 10, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Thank God another Aluu 4, didn’t repeat itself, I personally haven’t gotten over the shock of what happened in 2012.
    But which way Nigeria???
    Jungle justice will turn most people to animals in skin clothing,

  10. Diamondsare4eva

    September 10, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Honestly the power of social media, there is every possibility if this thing wasn’t publicised those corpers especially if their parents are poor wld have remained there for months. They will claim awaiting trial. On another note I was really sad to learn the only surviving victim of the fire incident at Lawanson has died,7 or 8yr old girl I believe. Now I’m not saying burns victims around the world don’t die, from her injuries which I saw which I don’t know what degree of burns she had, it was only her face. What surprised me was she was only hooked up to a drip, nothin else. I’m not doctor but I expected she’ll be hooked up to heart monitors, breathing tubes etc, Would she even have had sufficient pain meds through that drip???

    My anger is our dear Akpabio hardly even sustain serious injuries, he was flown out immediately. Posing on his hospital like he was in a hotel.
    More should have been done for that girl, I believe if adequately cared for probably in a proper specialist hospital with a Burns unit, she would have survived.
    But I guess in NIgeria, human life is gauged by the amount of money you have.

    A lot of General hospitals in this country are still operating like medieval times. I went to see my grandma in a general hospital in Osun state. We had to buy our own cotton wool,our own syringe,own needle for nurses to use, till she was stable and we moved her to a private hospital in Lagos.
    Nigeria we have a long way………

  11. mz jj

    September 10, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Thank God

  12. concerned9ja

    September 10, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Well done Bella for the publicity and a shout out to that very brave Corper.
    We should never back down and accept the norm..our voice counts!!
    @Diamonds4va…need I say more…an entire family of 8th gone..and that Akpabio feeling funky rolling around like a hippo without a scratch…
    God would surely punish those Politicians because one way or the other they are directly connected to the daily plight of Nigerians…

  13. Chima Amechi

    September 11, 2015 at 5:16 am

    Thumbs up BN, thumbs up [email protected] gud Samaritan…Gr8 job done 😉

  14. kanyin

    September 11, 2015 at 7:25 am

    I’m soo happy about this BN! God bless you! Yes we can. I really believe that if we Nigerians can get angry enough about the deplorable state of this country, the bastardized system, and the BS that gets thrown in our faces everyday… We can change this nation. We just need to be tired of it all and angry enough.

    Good one BN! Good one!

  15. just saying

    September 11, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Kudos to BN, u have performed the primary role of a medium.

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