The youth corps member has been confirmed dead in the violent legislative poll held in Rivers state at the weekend, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has announced.
In a statement issued by the NYSC management on Monday evening, the name of the victim was given as Okonta Dumebi Samuel with corps number RV/15B/5539.
Okonta, an orphan, was killed by unknown gunmen in Ahoada West LGA.
Two other corps members with him at the time of the incident escaped from the scene through the help of security agents, the statement added.
Okonta, who served at GCSS Ukpeliede, was described as a patriotic young man by the NYSC management who said his killing “is primitive, barbaric, and ungodly and should be strongly condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians”.
It promised to work with relevant agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of “this heinous act” are fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law.
“We consider Okonta Samuel’s death as a great loss, not only to his immediate family, but also to all of us in the NYSC family and the entire nation,”