We did not ask corps members to pay ransom when Kidnapped, it’s fake – NYSC cries out
The page containing the advice for the corps and staff on reaching out to the family and friends when Kidnapped has gone viral on social media.
The handbook, which is titled; “Security Awareness and Education Handbook For Corps Members and Staff,” on its page 56, advised both corps members and staff travelling on “high-risk” roads to alert their “family members, friends and colleagues to have someone on hand to pay off the ransom that could be demanded” in case they are kidnapped.
The pamphlet, advises both the staff and corps members on how to conduct themselves when kidnapped, saying; “Do not antagonise your captors, be polite and operate with reasonable regards.”
“In this period of ICT, do not travel with communication gadgets like laptops, iPad, handsets, and other electronic facilities that you stored personal information such as finances, net worth, investment, and business dealings as kidnappers will charge according to your worth.” the handbook reads.
“Advise your friends involved in the negotiations, that they should “establish personal relationship with your abductors as soon as possible.”
“Take no risk by attempting to escape. DO NOT BE A HERO.
“Make no statement to the media after your release without official clearance but share your experience with close associates.”
It further added; “The kidnappers may ask for contact persons, do not mention your place of work, but your close friends and parents. They will reach them to negotiate for your release.
Meanwhile, The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has denied advising corps members in the handbook, they described the clause in circulation as the handiwork of mischief-makers.
They made this known in a statement issued by the NYSC spokesperson.
Read the statement below…
“The attention of Management of the National Youth Sevice Corps has been drawn to a fake release making the rounds on the social media to the effect that Corps Members travelling on ” high risk roads” should alert their families, friends and colleagues in order to have somebody to pay off the ransom that could be demanded in the event of being kidnapped.
“Management wishes to emphatically state that the clause mischievously quoted is not embedded in NYSC Security Tips pamphlet which was put together by a highly respected retired security expert.
“Please, be wary of falling prey to the antics of mischief makers out to ridicule the Scheme,” it added.
“Management wishes to appeal to the general public to always clarify issues with the scheme. Please, be wary of falling prey to the antics of mischief makers out to ridicule the scheme.
“Management shall continue to prioritise the security and welfare of corps members and staff at all times.”
It remains unclear why the NYSC denied giving the security advice as contained in its handbook.