The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Cross River State has refuted reports in circulation that a female corps member was impregnated by a JSS 2 student in one of the schools in the state.
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The NYSC, in a statement posted on its official Facebook page, described the reports as untrue and “malicious”
“To put the records straight, there is nothing as such in Cross River as claimed by the unknown writer. It is only meant to malign the reputation and integrity of the Scheme and the public perception of our Corps Members,” said the Corps.
The NYSC maintained that it was a “reputable organisation that is very proud of her Corps Members because of their high level of discipline and responsibility and therefore can not be involved in such a shameful act.
It said, “For the avoidance of doubt, the authorities of NYSC at Local, Zonal and State levels never received any report of such formally or informally.
“The said news is the handiwork of fake news hawkers who derive joy in seeking attention or traffic to their websites, at the expense of protecting journalistic code of ethics.
“Embarrassingly the originators of the news failed to state the source of the news rather was dwelling on imaginary school, JSS student and Corps Member.
“Worthy of note is the fact that, NYSC has a laid down procedure for approaching matters on Corps Discipline and Reward. But as at the time of fielding this rejoinder, no Corps Member in Cross River State is connected with such negative Act.
“It will interest the general public to note, that one of the focus of NYSC Orientation programme is that of instilling high sense of discipline and reinforcement of strict moral standards and conduct which subsequently guide their operational behaviour at their various Places of Primary Assignment and their host Communities of service.”
The NYSC further urged members of the public “disregard such jaundice report”, while advising purveyors of the false reports to retract them.