- Some female members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Akwa Ibom state have been attacked
- They were assaulted when gunmen invaded a Corpers’ lodge in Uyo, the state capital, on Wednesday, July 6
- According to reports, the gunmen invaded the area on tricycles at about 1:00 am and carted away valuables, including laptops, cell phones and money
On Wednesday, July 5, unknown gunmen invaded the National Youth Service Scheme Corpers’ lodge located along Udo Ekong Ekwere street, off Information Drive in Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State and assault women occupants.
The Punch reports that the gunmen who stormed the area by 1:00 am that on tricycles carted away valuables including laptops, cell phones and cash.
Some of the corps members who spoke with newsmen the following morning lamented that there was no help anywhere during the attack despite the cry for help.
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Corpers narrate sad ordeal
One of the corp members who identified himself as Emeka Emmanuel said:
“They arrived on a tricycle, popularly called Keke and immediately started operation. They beamed high-intensity torchlight everywhere and pounced on every door with heavy iron and threatened to shoot us if we fail to cooperate.”
A female Corps member, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, while fighting back tears, said her phones, laptop, cash were forcefully taken away from her after the hoodlums gained entrance into her room from the back door.
“You know at that period of the night, most of us females, we used to sleep naked and the suddenness of the attack caught us unprepared. They beamed the torch through the window and threatened to shoot if the door is not quickly opened.”
Another female colleague lamented:
“I have never heard of this anywhere in Nigeria, even in the North, where insecurity is at the highest peak, that Corpers could be deliberately targetted, molested, and robbed by criminals at gunpoint. Is it because we are not from Akwa Ibom that no one could hear our shouts and come to save us?”
Nigerians took to the Facebook page of Legit.ng and reacted to the ugly development. Most Nigerians want the scheme to be scrapped, others lamented the country is no longer safe.
Aniekeme Finbarr said
"Very unlike my Akwa bom, peaceful place. But this country is decaying every day, no where is spared!
Aliyu Shehu suggested
"NYSC need to be scrap, this is the best time to do so, it is just scam nothing good come from it, the environment in this nation is no longer conducive for this kind of activities."
Blessing Obinna said
"The first thing the incoming government needs to do is to scrape nysc.
"It is very use*less and has taken the lives of so many innocent people."
Chi Nonso also suggested
"It will be wise to end Nigeria at this point. I would have suggested military taking over but the military is also mixed with boko haram. I weep for naija."
Faith Okafor Obeto noted
"I think leaving social media 4 a while wl help coz the bad news is now back to back."
Okeagbe Okeagbe said
"NYSC should be scrapped. Government can no longer protect anyone."
Iseyemi Olumide stated
"This scheme should be scrapped bcos the country is not safe."
Ikedinachi Micheal Frank
"I have been saying this since 2 years now scrap nysc but some people keep on insulting me.the government should just settle all the graduates once the graduates instead of stressing them all in the name of nysc."
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Florence Adenuga lamented
"Nowhere is safe again in Nigeria."
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In another interesting development, the incident comes hours after armed bandits attacked an ‘advance team’ of presidential aides in Katsina leading to injuries to two people.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, confirmed the attack in a statement on Tuesday, July 5.
The attack occurred near Dutsinma, Katsina state, as the convoy of cars carrying the Advance Team of security guards, protocol, and media officers ahead of Buhari’s trip to Daura for Sallah were waylaid.
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Multiple sources quoted in the report said the gunmen invaded the facility around 10 pm but security operatives were able to repel the attack.
One of the sources said:
“Can you hear the gunshot, we are under serious attack.”