By Temitope Salami
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Monday promised to ensure that justice was done in the killing of a corps member, Modupe Tawose.
Mr John Okpo, the Ogun NYSC Coordinator, gave the assurance during a condolence visit to the family of the deceased in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tawose was raped and killed on Dec. 9 in Ogun.
Tawose, 23, a 2017 Batch ‘A’ corps member serving with the Ogun State Ministry of Housing in Abeokuta was allegedly lured to her death by her driving instructor, Festus Udoh, 29.
Her decomposing body was discovered in a bush on Wednesday at Abule Ayo in Odeda Local Government Area where she was tied by her hands to a tree.
The suspect, who had since confessed to the crime, is being remanded in prison while awaiting trial.
Okpo, who said the NYSC was deeply saddened by the occurrence, prayed God to console the family and grant the deceased rest.
“The NYSC family nationwide is sad over the raping and eventual murder of our beloved and patriotic corps member, Late Miss Modupe Tawose.
“We strongly condemn the act and will go to any length to defend and fight for the rights of our members and in this case, ensure justice is delivered.
“We will do all to ensure Mr Festus Udoh is brought to book as this will serve as a deterrent to other miscreants and evil doers in the society,” he said.
The NYSC boss used the opportunity to advise corps members to be security conscious always and promptly report any security threat to the appropriate authorities.
“Corps members are to save the distress call centre numbers given to them during the orientation course in their various camps on the phones in case of emergencies.
“They are also advised to move in groups and not to follow strangers, even known people with questionable characters,” Okpo said.
Responding on behalf of the family, an uncle to the deceased, Mr Hakeem Okunola, thanked the NYSC for the condolence visit and prompt action to ensure arrest of the suspect.
“We thank the Ogun State Police Command for their swiftness in apprehending the accused and the NYSC for their support.
“We already have some sort of justice for finding our daughter’s body and the suspect.
“Modupe did not die in vain going by the show of love poured her way by family and friends alike. She will be remembered for everything good.
“As she has been laid to rest, we leave every other thing in God’s hands to bring the accused to book through appropriate judgment,” Okunola said.
NAN reports that the victim had since been buried in line with the NYSC’s policy on death of corps members.
Tawose was an HND graduate of Quantity Surveying from The Polytechnic, Ibadan, and is survived by her father, Adeshina Tawose, and mother, Titilayo, as well as siblings.