NYSC sus­pends Davido for vi­o­lat­ing ser­vice rules

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The Na­tional Youth Ser­vice Corps has sanc­tioned pop­u­lar artiste, David Adeleke, aka Davido, for vi­o­lat­ing camp rules dur­ing the manda­tory three-week ori­en­ta­tion camp, Satur­day PUNCH has learnt.

Top sources in the NYSC told one of our cor­re­spon­dents that for “ab­scond­ing” from the camp dur­ing the ori­en­ta­tion camp, the Corps had to “dekit” the artiste, which brought to an end his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 2018 Batch ‘B’ Stream II in La­gos State, where he had been posted.

The source said, “The NYSC was con­strained to “dekit” Davido for vi­o­lat­ing the rules guid­ing con­duct and ac­tiv­i­ties in the camp. As a mat­ter of fact, he ab­sconded be­cause he was away from the camp without per­mis­sion. That prompted the Corps to is­sue him a query which was sent from Abuja. So, he is no longer a serv­ing corps mem­ber.”

The artiste, our cor­re­spon­dent gath­ered, vi­o­lated many of the scheme’s reg­u­la­tions.

Other NYSC by­laws vi­o­lated by Davido in­clude bring­ing ve­hi­cles into the ori­en­ta­tion camp; dis­clos­ing of­fi­cial in­for­ma­tion; en­gag­ing in pri­vate prac­tice; tak­ing part in par­ti­san pol­i­tics and re­port­ing late for duty.

How­ever, it was also gath­ered that he may be re­mo­bilised for the scheme.

While re­ply­ing to a post on In­sta­gram dur­ing the week, the artiste had said that his NYSC pro­gramme had been ter­mi­nated. He later deleted the com­ment from the post made by a friend.

Mean­while, Ar­ti­cles 2 and 15 un­der the Code of Con­duct sub­ti­tle in the NYSC By­laws (Re­vised in 2011) state that ev­ery corps mem­ber shall not leave ori­en­ta­tion camp without the writ­ten per­mis­sion from the state co­or­di­na­tor, and ev­ery mem­ber shall not bring ve­hi­cles or mo­tor­cy­cles into the ori­en­ta­tion camp.

The ar­ti­cles, how­ever, stated that any mem­ber found guilty of vi­o­lat­ing these pro­vi­sions, among other pro­vi­sions, will be li­able to be de­camped and sent out of camp.

Sec­tion 15 (ii) added, “Any mem­ber who brings ve­hi­cles or mo­tor­cy­cles to camp shall not be reg­is­tered, and if al­ready reg­is­tered, shall be de­camped.”

The NYSC Di­rec­tor of In­for­ma­tion, Adenike Adeyemi, who told Satur­day PUNCH, in a re­sponse to an en­quiry, that the Corps had com­mu­ni­cated with the pop­u­lar mu­si­cian over his ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing his ser­vice year, how­ever, did not say what pun­ish­ment had been meted out to him for break­ing sev­eral by­laws.

Davido’s en­rol­ment for the NYSC had cre­ated a stir, as he be­came the cyno­sure of all eyes at the Iyana Ipaja, La­gos ori­en­ta­tion camp when he ar­rived for reg­is­tra­tion in Au­gust 2018.

He had also posted pic­tures of him­self in the NYSC kit on In­sta­gram, as other corps mem­bers in Batch ‘B’ Stream II swarmed him at the camp. Just af­ter­wards, Davido left the camp and be­gan a se­ries of vi­o­la­tion of the rules of the ser­vice.

Our cor­re­spon­dent ob­served from his In­sta­gram page that just af­ter a few days in the camp, he trav­elled to Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts, as he em­barked on a tour of the United States.

He thereby vi­o­lated the Sec­tion 2 of the by­law, which says all corps mem­bers must par­tic­i­pate in all ac­tiv­i­ties in the camp.

It could not be as­cer­tained if he did not vi­o­late the sec­ond law, which stated that corps mem­bers leav­ing the ori­en­ta­tion camp should get the writ­ten per­mis­sion of the state co­or­di­na­tor.

But the As­sur­ance crooner did not stop at Bos­ton, as he also vis­ited Philadel­phia, New York, Wash­ing­ton DC, Ge­or­gia, Min­nesota, Lon­don, Sao Tome, Ac­cra, May­otte, Le­banon, UAE, among oth­ers.

Davido, within the pe­riod, was also ac­tively in­volved in the elec­tion­eer­ing of his un­cle, Ademola Adeleke, the gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of the

Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party in the Osun State Septem­ber 22 elec­tion.

For weeks, the artiste shut­tled be­tween La­gos State,

where he was based, and Osun State, where the elec­tion held.

But the NYSC law not only pro­hib­ited par­tic­i­pa­tion in par­ti­san pol­i­tics, it also said corps mem­bers should not

leave their place of pri­mary as­sign­ments without the per­mis­sion of their state co­or­di­na­tors.

Davido’s man­ager, Asa Asika, de­clined com­ment, say­ing he does not speak to the press.

Photo: NAN

L-r:for­mer Sen­ate Pres­i­dent, Adol­phus Nwabara; Abia State Gover­nor, Okezie Ik­peazu ; Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari; and oth­ers dur­ing a meet­ing of the pres­i­dent with del­e­ga­tion and lead­ers from South East and host com­mu­ni­ties where de­fin­i­tive agree­ment was signed be­tween Nige­ria Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone In­vest­ment Com­pany and Eny­imba City De­vel­op­ment Com­pany, in Abuja... on Fri­day.

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