At least eight National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members were kidnapped by suspected terrorists on their way to camp in Zamfara State on Monday.
It was learned that the corps members were travelling in Akwa Ibom Transport Company (AKTC) bus from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, to Sokoto State, for the one-year mandatory national service, when their vehicle was intercepted by the hoodlums.
It was gathered further that there were 11 corps members and the driver, but three of the corps members escaped during the terrorist attack.
The eight corps members were abducted alongside the driver.
Emmanuel Esudue, a graduate of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Akwa Ibom State University and Victoria Udoka, a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Uyo were among the young graduates that were kidnapped by the terrorists.
A Facebook user who claimed to be privy to the situation revealed that the terrorists had contacted the family of one of the victims and demanded a ransom of N4 million.
The Facebook user wrote: “Sad to hear that young graduates going for their National Service year in Sokoto have been kidnapped by bandits
“Both the Federal Government and various State governments should do everything possible to rescue the eight NYSC members.
“Nothing must happen to them oh!!!Some of them included Emmanuel Esudue, a graduate of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Akwa Ibom State University and Victoria Udoka, a graduate of Mass Communication from University of Uyo.
“At the moment, one of the families, it was learnt have been contacted to pay N4m. Please, this is Federal government matter not the family and should be taking seriously to save these children from been tormented further by the wicked kidnappers.
“This is another challenge to the federal government to review deployment of NYSC to nearby states where they schooled due to insecurity rather than posting them across the country.”
“May the Almighty God rescue them and let those wicked kidnappers be arrested and brought to book. Their crimes must not go unpunished,” the Facebook post added.