Thursday, March 24, 2016

Murdered Corper Will Be Immortalized, His Family Compensated And Corpers Allowances Increased - Governor Wike

According to the Rivers State Government, Samuel Dumebi Okonta, graduate of Political Science from Ambrose Ali University, who was murdered in cold blood on the night of the rerun elections in Rivers State, will be immortalized.

Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike also declared that the State Government will provide  all necessary assistance for the police to investigate the killing of the corps member, with a view to identifying those responsible and prosecuting them.

Speaking at the Rivers State National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Headquarters in Portharcourt on Wednesday, Governor Wike also announced an increment in the montly allowance of corps members serving outside Portharcourt from N10,000 to N15,000.

He expressed sadness that the corps member died serving the nation. He said that the Rivers State Government will take care of the family of the late corps member.

Governor Wike noted that the death is even more painful  because  the corps member was an orphan who suffered through schooling and was on the verge of being of help to his immediate  family.

He said: "The death of this corps member  is unfortunate  and condemnable. I urge the Police to thoroughly  investigate the crime. The outcome of the  investigation should  be made public so that those involved  are prosecuted. The killing of this corps member must not be swept under the carpet.

"I call for post mortem on the corpse of the corps member so that we can ascertain the type of bullet and type of gun that killed him. The post mortem will also determine who bears that type of gun that killed the corps member ".

The governor  said  his administration  will also take measures  to improve  security  in the state. He said  that  steps will be taken to ensure that the incident does not reoccur.

State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs Ngozi Nwatarali commended the  governor  for commiserating with the NYSC at its moment  of grief. She appealed for greater protection  for corps members during  elections.

Responding on behalf of the family, Alex Edeabeatu thanked the Governor for his gesture. He said that the late corps member was a shining light.

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