The year 2019 began with stories of men forcefully collecting female underwear which they reportedly sell to ritualists at exorbitant rates. Though it all started as a rumour, it seems underwear theft and the forceful collection of it has become a trend now. Two female corps members looking for cheaper means of transportation entered a jeep unknown they are pants thieves.
On Tuesday, February 5, two female members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) undergoing their mandatory one-year service in Oshiegbe community, near the boundary between Ohaukwu and Ezza north local government area of Ebonyi state have become the latest victims of the underwear for rituals practice presently ravaging the country.
According to The Nations, the two corps members were allegedly forced by yet-to-be-identified hoodlums to remove their dresses to their underwear which they handed over to the touts.
The ladies were said to have boarded a jeep whose driver offered them a ride at a cheaper rate rather than go to the park. After driving for a while, the driver came down telling them he wanted to ease himself only for him to get to the passengers’ side and pointed a gun at them ordering them to get undressed to their underwear.
One of the corps members was said to be on her period and she was not only stripped of her clothes but her blood soaked underwear and sanitary pads were also said to have been taken from her.
The hoodlums after collecting their clothes leaving them naked also collected their phones from them and smashed it so they will not be able to call for help.
The ladies narrated that while trying to find their way home, they met other ladies naked. They were also told that ladies without underwear were given one to wear for five minutes before collecting it back.
The incident was confirmed by the police spokesperson in the state, Loveth Odah who said:
“On 5th of February, 2019, female corps members reported to Divisional Headquarters in Ohaukwu council area to report that on their way coming from Ezillo in Ishielu council area to Abakaliki, a jeep stopped in front of them and asked them to pay N200 each to be conveyed to Abakaliki.
On reaching 135 Junction, at Ezzamgbo, the men diverted to another direction and told them that they wanted to pick something from a teacher at St. Michael Secondary School, Ezzamgbo. When they got to Oshiegbe community, at the boundary area between Ohaukwu and Ezza North council areas, the driver stopped and came down. He told them that he wanted to ease himself. He immediately went to the back door, opened the door and pointed a gun them; ordering them to come down and give them all their cloths including their pants."
While narrating their experience, the spokesman noted that one of the corps members burst into tears when she reported that she was in her period. Speaking further she said:
“They collected their pants and her sanitary pad and drove off. Before driving off, they collected their phones and smashed them on the spot. We also learnt that when they meet women who are not wearing pants, they give them pants and force them to wear them for about five minutes before taking them away from their victims."
The state police public relation officer advised travellers to always go to designated motor parks to board vehicles whenever they are traveling to avoid such attacks.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported the story of how hoodlums stormed an eatery in Ijebu Ode and ordered all ladies there to remove their underwear and those without one were given new pants to wear for five minutes before they collected it back. It was gathered that the armed men did not collect their money or phones but just underwear.
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