As thousands of the 2017 batch ‘A’ corps members across the country wound up the one year mandatory service to the country, five died during the service year, Daily Sun rep[orts. Coordinator of the scheme in Kaduna state, Dahunsi Mohammed, announced the deaths, at the Passing out Parade (PoP), yesterday. The PoP is the last of the four cardinal points of the NYSC; orientation course, place of primary assignment, community development service (CDS) and the PoP. This was even as he announced that sizeable number of corps members would have their service year extended for various disciplinary cases, including absenteeism. “I regret to announce that five corps members, among the out-going batch died in the course of the service year. “May the Almighty God grant their families the fortitude to bear the loss,” he prayed. Governor Nasir El-Rufai declared the service year closed at popular Murtala Square, yesterday. He blamed low-key PoP in the last five years on security challenge, which, he said, has now improved. In Sokoto, 16 corpers reportedly absconded during the service year. NYSC Coordinator in the state, Alhaji Musa Abubakar disclosed this during the PoP of 2017 Batch ‘A’ Stream 1 set, yesterday.