Two weeks after eight corps members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on their way to Zamfara State were abducted by gunmen, Emmanuel Etteh, the father of a corps member has expressed his disappointment in the government.
The corps members who were said to be travelling from Uyo in Akwa Ibom State to Sokoto State to report for their mandatory national service were kidnapped by gunmen who intercepted their bus along a highway in Zamfara.
Speaking on Channels Television's Sunrise Daily on Monday, Etteh accused NYSC and security agencies of showing no concern for the abducted corps members.
The abductee's father stated that the lack of communication on the part of the government has made the situation devastating.
“It is very devastating because, as a parent, I am very disappointed by the government. No one has been talking about or asking questions since this incident happened.
“Security agencies are not caring, NYSC leadership shows no concern, and everyone behaves as if nothing happened.
“Every activity is going on, and I keep on asking, ‘Is this a type of government we want for our country? Is this the type of security we can feel safer with?’ NYSC invited these children out of their homes to Sokoto,” he said.
According to the agitated father, no one reached out to the parents to discuss the issue on ground.
He noted that the Director General of NYSC failed to live up to expectations by failing to show commitment.
Etteh accused the involved parties of lack of communication “as if nothing happened”.
Seeking the government's intervention, he said: “Everyone is boiling, people are asking questions.
“We are expecting the government to act, but nobody seems to act and address the nation or the parents on what happened, what the government is likely to do, or what they are doing to free these children. That is the state we find ourselves in now.”
The distraught father also confirmed that the gunmen demanded N4 million as ransom before his daughter could be released.
ChannelsTv reported that a military source who pleaded anonymity revealed that a rescue team was actively searching the forest to retrieve the victims safely.