A manhunt for the killers of a member of the National Youth Service Corps member, Grace Chalya Silas has been launched by the Kaduna State Police command.
Recall that the UNIJOS graduate was stabbed to death by yet-to-be-identified assailants suspected to be phone snatchers during her morning jogging at Barnawa area of the state on Wednesday morning, October 18, 2023.
Spokesman of the command, ASP Mansir Hassan, who confirmed the brutal murder to Punch on Thursday, October 19, stated that the state Police Commissioner, CP Musa Yusuf Garba, has directed a manhunt for the killers of the Corps member.
The PPRO, who described the murder of the Corps member as “tragic”, said the Commissioner of Police, CP Musa Yusuf Garba, after an emergency meeting of the top hierarchy of the command, had ordered the Barnawa Divisional Police Officer and operatives to hunt for the killers.
“It’s a very tragic incident. She was performing her early morning jogging(exercise) when some miscreants (phone snatchers) on motorcycles pounced on her,” the spokesperson said.
“The victim’s name is Grace Chalya Silas. She was a Corps member serving in Kaduna South.
“When the case was reported to the police, operatives responded swiftly and moved to the scene of the crime where they saw the victim in the pool of her own blood. She was rushed to the clinic, where she was later confirmed dead.
“Since the incident was reported to the police, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, CP Musa Yusuf Garba, held an emergency meeting with the top hierarchy of command over the matter. We are already in touch with NYSC in the state
“The CP has directed the Barnawa DPO and Area Commander, to immediately hunt for killers of the Corps member and fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.”
Chalya, the only child of her mother, was a Special Education graduate. She worked with an event company as a wedding planner and decorator. She also owned a business that surprised people on birthdays, engagements, and other special occasions.
She was scheduled to complete her NYSC by January 25th, 2024.