Okafor Love Obianuju and Odji Oritsetsolaye, two 2019 Batch C Stream 1, Ebonyi State Corp members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have been sent away from the Ebonyi State Orientation Camp in Afikpo, for refusing to wear trousers.
The duo who were currently undergoing a 3-week orientation course alongside other 2019 Batch C Stream 1 corp members, were said to have refused to put on trousers because according to them, doing so was against their faith and as such preferred to wear skirt.
Mrs Ngozi Ukwuoma, the spokesperson of the NYSC in the state, in a statement made available to newsmen, said that the duo were spotted by the camp director, Mrs. Isu Josephine, and her team during routine inspection wearing white t-shirt and white skirt. “When they were accosted and interrogated, they disclosed that they could not wear the white shorts and the trousers given to them by the NYSC since it was against their faith.”
“Efforts were however made by the office of the Camp Director to make them see reason why they must obey the rules and regulations guiding the orientation and NYSC, but all efforts to do that proved futile. The corps members were queried and subsequently made to face the camp court, where they were found guilty, having made it categorically clear that they were ready to bear the consequences of their actions,” she said.
Mrs Ukwuoma noted that the court recommendations were submitted to the camp Management and the Camp Director was directed to de-kit the Corps Members. “They were de-kitted in the presence of security agents, who also escorted them to the gate as they left the camp”, the spokesperson added.
Okafor had registration number EB/19C/0523 while Odji had registration number (EB/19C/0530).