NYSC Reacts To Report Of A Police Officer Slapping A Corps Member In Zamfara

Authorities of the National Youth
Service Corps NYSC, have reacted to reports of a corps member simply
identifed as Esi Uwakwe, who was recently slapped by a police officer in
Kaura Namoda in Zamfara state. According to reports, Esi is a corps
member serving as a teacher at Nasara
Standard Academy, Kaura Namoda. He had reportedly punished one of his
female students who had erred, to crawl, causing her to sustain serious
bruises on her knees. The father of the student got wind of it and
invited the police to arrest Esi, who was then slapped by one of the
police officers. Read the statement from NYSC after the cut…

The attention of the NYSC Management has been drawn to stories making
the rounds about the beating of a Corps member, Esi Uwakwe, serving in
Kaura Namoda, Zamfara State, by the police purportedly at the instance
of an influential indigene of the area.

Management wishes to inform the public that findings of investigation
launched by the Scheme show that the facts of the case were grossly
exaggerated, especially in the social media.

Our findings showed that the Corps member, who is serving in a school,
went beyond his responsibility of teaching and adoption of acceptable
approaches to discipline by causing knee injuries to one of his students
whom he instructed to crawl on her knees.

The angered father of the student took the matter to the police and in
the course of handling the case, an overzealous officer slapped the
Corps member.

Our position on the matter is that both the Corps member and the policeman were wrong in their approaches.

However, we are pleased to note the step taken by the Zamfara State
Commissioner of Police, who invited all parties to his office for
amicable resolution of the case.

The overzealous policeman has since apologized for slapping the Corps member and the matter has been put to rest.

Management wishes to stress that the picture of a man with cuts on his
back, which is being circulated online, is not that of Corps member
Uwakwe, but merely posted with intent to cause mischief and further
mislead the public.

While we sympathize with both the injured student and the Corps member,
whose inexperience might have resulted in his excesses in his approach
to discipline, we wish to restate that the publicity the case generated
would have been normal if not for the exaggeration.

Management remains committed to the safety and dignity of Corps members,
but wishes to advise those on teaching assignment to always exercise
caution in handling disciplinary cases and to, especially, refer serious
cases to their school supervisors to be on the safe side.