The National Youth Service Corps announced on Thursday that two more of the abducted female prospective corps members have been released, bringing the total number freed so far to four out of the eight taken hostage along with their bus driver in August.
The two women were abducted by gunmen in Zamfara while travelling from Akwa Ibom to the orientation camp in Sokoto.
According to a statement on Thursday, efforts by the Nigerian Army recently secured the release of a male and a female abductee.
The NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Yush’au Ahmed, noted that negotiations are ongoing for the safe return of the remaining captives.
“The scheme, in conjunction with security agencies, will explore every available strategy to ensure their release unhurt and reunite them with their families,” the Director of Press, Eddy Megwa stated.
The NYSC expressed appreciation for the support from the Nigerian Army so far in working towards freeing the prospective corps members as they remain resolute in their responsibility of promoting national unity and integration.
“NYSC management also wishes to appreciate the overwhelming support received from the Nigerian Army in its concerted efforts towards securing the release of the abducted prospective corps members,” Megwa added.
He reiterated the scheme’s determination to remain resolute in its statutory responsibility of fostering national unity and integration.