*Condoles families, orders probe
By Kemi Kasumu
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that an independent investigation should be conducted with a view to unraveling the true circumstances surrounding, particularly, the death of one Miss Ifedolapo Oladepo, one of three members of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), who lost their lives recently during the 2016 Batch ‘B’ Orientation Programme in three states in parts of the country.
Ifedolapo Oladepo died on NYSC camp in Kano State while Chinyerum Nwenenda Elechi and Monday Asuquo Ukeme died in Bayelsa and Zamfara states respectively.
The President, who commiserated with families of the deceased, through a statement issued by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Wednesday, described their demise as “shocking, sad and unfortunate,” even as he regretted that they died in the course of answering the national call to serve.
President Buhari urged the families, friends and associates of the late “young Nigerians” to be consoled by the knowledge that their loved ones paid the supreme price while on national service and not for ignoble reasons.
He also extended condolences to the director-general and management of the NYSC over the transition of the youth corps members.
While enjoining the management to do all within its powers to protect the lives of those under its charge, the President called on parents and guardians of current and potential NYSC participants not to panic over the recent tragic deaths.
He prayed that God would grant the souls of the departed youths eternal rest.