By Oginyi Ruth
Two female corps members in the 2019 Batch C Stream 1 of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at the ongoing orientation course in Ebonyi State have been dekitted and sent home from the camp for refusing to put on service shorts and trousers given to them.
They were sent home from the McGregor Camp in Afikpo North local Government Area of the state on Sunday.
The two corps members are Okafor Love Obianuju (EB/19C/0523) and Odji Oritsetsolaye (EB/19C/0530).
A statement by the spokesperson of the NYSC Camp in Ebonyi State, Ngozi Ukwuoma, confirmed the development on Sunday.
Ukwuoma said the corps members claimed wearing of trousers and shorts negate their faith.
She explained that the corps members were seen by the Camp Director, Mrs Isu Josephine and her team during her routine morning inspection, wearing white T-shirt upon white skirt which is against the camp rules.
“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”, the statement said.
Mrs Ukwuoma noted that the court recommendations were submitted to the camp Management and the Camp Director was directed to dekit the Corps Members.
“They were dekitted in the presence of security agents, who also escorted them to the gate as they left the camp”, the Spokesman added.
The three weeks orientation course for the corps members started on Tuesday November 5 nationwide.