The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has described as false, reports that one hand of a youth corps member who was attacked by hoodlums in Bayelsa state was chopped off.
The NYSC stated that it considered the report to be embarrassing considering that both hands of the corps member were intact irrespective of attacks by hoodlums.
“To put the record straight, it is worthy of note that Miss Folakemi Akinbode, a corps member serving with the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobi was attacked by hoodlums believed to be armed robbers.
“Miss FolakemiAkinbode’s hand was not chopped off. Her two hands are intact but for the injuries sustained in her right hand during the attack.
The extent of the injuries inflicted on her was exaggerated by the various media organisations that published the story,” NYSC said in a statement Friday in Abuja.
The Corps further explained that the corps member was presently receiving treatment at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobi.
It also said that the Bayelsa state government was making arrangement to fly her abroad for further medical treatment.
“We therefore urge members of the press to always cross check their source of information to avoid publishing stories capable of misleading the general public.
The general public should therefore disregard the exaggeration of some of the publications,” the statement said.
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