A member of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) deployed to Akwa Ibom State died on Sunday morning at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Ikot Itie Udung, Nsit Antai Local Government Area of the state.

Queen Eziuche was said to have died in her sleep after undergoing routine morning exercise.

The state NYSC Coordinator, Julius Amusan, confirmed her death to reporters on Wednesday, as the corps’ management directed the closure of orientation camps nationwide due to the coronavirus.

Mr Amusan said the Batch B member with call up number: NYSC/ISU/2020/0562 died from an ailment suspected to be a terminal disease.

“She did not fall sick, she had an ailment suspected to be a terminal disease which she did not disclose,” he said.

“She came with a report indicating that she was medically fit for the NYSC programme.

“There was a form she was given to fill in, whether she was suffering from any chronic disease, but it was just on Sunday morning, according to her friends, that she woke up early in the morning for her normal exercise and she came back and slept, but she died in her sleep that morning.”

Governor Udom Emmanuel, in a condolence message to the deceased’s family and the Director-General of the NYSC, expressed shock over the development.

“The sudden exit of Mrs Queen Eziuche has deprived Akwa Ibom State of the contribution she would have made in expanding the layers of our common humanity and also service to her fatherland,” he said.