Tears flow as NYSC DG visits family of slain corps member in Delta
It was weeping and wailing yesterday at Illah in Oshimili North Council of Delta State as the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawunmi, paid a condolence visit to the family members of Samuel Chukwudumebi Okonta, the slain youth corps member, who was killed during the re-run election in Rivers State.
At the sombre occasion, tears flowed freely as the NYSC DG, who was accompanied by the State Coordinator of the scheme, Mrs. Olive Essien Etukudo, and other senior officials, spoke glowingly of the life of Okonta, who was gruesomely murdered in the community where he was doing his mandatory one-year national service.
Olawumi explained that the deceased, an orphan, had finished his assignment on that fateful day at the polling unit and was on his way home, in company of two other persons, when he was accosted by two armed goon, who shot them.
Almost drowned in her own tears, Okonta’s eldest sister, Mrs. Victoria Akpa, lamented that Dumebi, as he was fondly called, endured a lot of hardship during his days at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in Edo State, where he studied
Political Science and bemoaned that he was gone too soon.
Mrs. Akpa said: “The news of his death was shocking. They stabbed myheart. They killed me.
“His father died in 1993 and the mother in 2015. I have been taking care of him…, but we managed until he graduated.”
Olawunmi assured the family and entire Illah community that every
effort was being made to apprehend his killers and bring them to justice.
In their deepest despair, he promised that the NYSC would not abandon the family and would participate actively during Okonta’s burial,after a post-mortem by the Rivers State government.
In the condolence register, the NYSC DG eulogised Dumebi thus: “It is so sad that you were cut down in the process of serving your nation.
“I, the entire management and staff, as well as all members of the corps nationwide, are deeply grieved by your death.
“I promise that I will not relent until we ensure that those who keep you permanently silent forever are brought to book.
“Adieu Samuel and RIP.”
Speaking on behalf of the family, Chief Chikwenye Maduku said they have put in so much to train the slain corps member, adding: “We can only pray for the repose of his soul.” The delegation also visited the traditional ruler, Ogbelani of Illah, Obi
Akazue Gbemudu 11.
where the DG expressed appreciation at the warm reception accorded the entourage and the prevailing peace in the community, despite the loss of Okonta in a gruesome circumstance.
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