The life of a 25-year-old corps member, Charity Thilza, has been brought
to an abrupt end three days to the completion of her National Youth
Service Corps programme in Abuja.
The ‘passing-out parade,’ which marked the completion of her one-year
programme, would hold on Thursday (today). She studied Linguistics and
English at the University of Maiduguri.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Thilza and four friends, identified simply as
Lola, Bisi, Pooja (an Indian) and a man had attended a show at the club,
where a hip hop artiste, Chibuzor Azubuike, popularly called Phyno,
performed on Sunday.
They were said to be returning home from the party in a car the following day when the robbers gave them a chase.
The assailants reportedly shot at the car repeatedly and some of the
bullets pierced through the windscreen and hit Thilza, who was sitting
at the back. One of the friends, Lola, was said to have also sustained
It was learnt that the robbers retreated when they noticed that the driver of the car was heading towards a police station.
Thilza’s close friend, Thlama Bukar, said she was rushed to a hospital,
but was rejected. She said she died on the way to another hospital that
she was referred to.
Bukar, who spoke with PUNCH Metro on the telephone, said she was
together with Thilza until Friday, when she (Bukar) returned to
Maiduguri, Borno State, where she lives.
She said, “Phyno performed at the Carribean (the club) on Sunday.
They were coming back home around 3am on Monday when they noticed that a
car was trailing them. They took a detour, but the car continued
following them. The driver of their car started speeding and the robbers
opened fire on the car. Unfortunately, some of the bullets hit Thilza
from the back of the car.
Five persons went for the party. One of them is a man, but I don’t know
his name. I learnt Lola was also hit by the bullets and has been
admitted to a hospital. The incident was reported to the police.
lived in Zone 6, Wuse 2, and served at the Nigeria Security and Civil
Defence Corps in Abuja. She clocked 25 years in January. Her corpse will
be brought to Maiduguri on Thursday (today). Her father is late.
Presently, her mother is not talking; she is very distraught. She was
the first child of the family. She has four young siblings.”
Bukar said Thilza had planned to join the NSCDC after the service, adding that her death was a big loss to the family.
She said, “She was a kind and simple person. I left her and other
friends in Abuja on Friday. They accompanied me to the airport when I
was returning to Maiduguri. She told me she wanted to join the NSCDC.”
The spokesperson for the NYSC, Federal Capital Territory, Mrs. Abosede
Aderibigbe, said the corps was making efforts to ensure the release of
the corpse for burial.
She said, “The victim was our member with code number, FCT/15a/5295. She
was supposed to pass out on Thursday (today). We learnt she and her
friends went clubbing.
“When they were coming back around 3am in a
flashy car, armed robbers trailed them. When they could not get them,
they shot at the car and the bullets hit her.
“They tried rushing her
to the National Hospital, Abuja, but she died on the way. The family
members are in Abuja with the NYSC coordinator. The corpse is with the
police. Possibly, it will be released for burial tomorrow (Thursday).”