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Corps Members’ Death: FG Commiserates with Families of Fallen Heroes



Asuquo Monday Ukeme and Ifedolapo Oladepo Rachael

two of the deceased, Asuquo Monday Ukeme and Ifedolapo Oladepo Rachael

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has commiserated with families of the three NYSC 2016 Batch ‘B’ Corps members who died at three orientation camps last week. 26 year old Oladapo Ifedolapo Rachael (Osun) with state code KN/16B/1847 died in Gwarzo General Hospital following complications arising from an ailment few days into the orientation Programme. Asuquo Monday Ukeme (Akwa Ibom) with state code ZM/16B/1780 passed at the Federal Medical Centre Gusau in Zamfara while 27 year-old Elechi Chinyerum (Rivers) with state code BY/16B/1300 died at the Diete-Koki Memorial Hospital Yenegoa.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung decried the death of these Corps members, describing it as tragic and shocking.

“We received the news of the death of the young Nigerians who were mobilized to national Service in three states for NYSC. Details of the circumstances leading to their untimely death simultaneously are not yet available to my office but the unfortunate and sad news of their demise is indeed devastating as these young people were our hope for the future. They are national heroes who died in national service of their fatherland.

On behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria we commiserate with the bereaved families and pray God to grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” the minister was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide.

Meanwhile, the Youth Ministry is to set up an enquiry to determine the circumstances that led to the death of the young Corp members while a comprehensive review of the health facilities in the orientation camp nationwide will be embarked upon. Barrister Dalung said that a thorough investigation and inquiry will be put in place to ascertain whether the young Nigerians died due to negligence or natural causes.

“We appeal to Nigerians and other Corps members to be calm at this moment of grief while focusing on their national duty as efforts are being put in place to guarantee their comfort and safety. I want to assure Nigerians that we will avail the country with the circumstances that led to their death,” the minister urged.


  1. Benson Ossai

    December 5, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Is that what they could do?Commensurate my ass,F.G need to compensate their families.

  2. keke driver

    December 5, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    “FG Commiserates with Families of Fallen Heroes” Lobatan ….You see why I HATE this country?

  3. Tayo Ogunyemi

    December 5, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I really struggle with the Blatantly careless way we waste Lives in this country, where are the Independent Investigative panels that we have whop will do a thorough Job , How will the same people who fail to provide the basic requirements to save lives be the same people in charge of the Investigation, This is One life too many wasted because the system is a mess and their death will be treated no better …. Naija oh my Nigeria !!! 3 Innocent children. Someone Must Pay.This is not about a kangaroo Investigation , this is about a total system review, Complete and pervasive review of the entire NYSC use and value to Nigeria as a country.

    Where is the Minister in charge of Youths, The President, The Governors wives, The Nigerian Bar Association, NANS, ASUU, stakeholders in our future, where are they , what are they doing ? Do you not know that If nothing is done , it could be your child, your nephew, your cousin’s Kid , your In-laws child, could be anyone at anytime… Let’s pity these innocent children and our future, We need to do something to save the ones there and the ones coming behind us, Lawyers should sue, parents rise up, speak out, guard the lives of your children, Teachers /Lecturers/ professors/ Academicians /VC’s these children are the bastions of your imparted knowledge to them while learning , Let their Lives mean something, do not let their death be in vain…. Please !! Let us take this fight to them and demand duty of care from NYSC administrators and its sponsors (govt), Let them know condolence letters are not nearly enough. If we do not, Oladapo, Asuquo and Elechi’ blood like hundreds others will ask it from your heads from us all as a people !!!

  4. Aisha

    December 5, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    It a pitty.i am soo ashamed to call my self a Nigerian. No love in this country. Is this all d government can say. Now I don’t blame Nigerians who will anything just to leave this country .

  5. oghenekevwe

    December 9, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    This is FG plans on how to scrab out NYSC after all their children schools in abroad. God will judge them

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