Female Corpers Robbed and R*ped By Armed Men

It was a sorrowful nightfall for two members of the National Youth Service Corps last Wednesday in Asarama Community, Andoni area of Rivers State, as they were robbed and r*ped by “militants”.

The ladies were said to be in bed at their unsecured lodge in an isolated part of the community when the gunmen broke into their rooms.

The operation which started at midnight lasted for more than two hours, with the two female corps members r*ped, and phones, food stuff, clothes, shoes, money among others carted away.

In a phone conversation with The Nation, one of the ladies who didn’t want her name in revealed, said the gunmen numbering seven wore face caps except for the ring leader, who was hooded.

She said the “militants” hinged their actions on the failure of government to pay them their dues.

“The gunmen broke the door with their legs. No burglary proof or protector. We were about seven in the lodge. We had five serving Corps members, one ex-corps member and one other person. They entered my room and I was told to knock on other rooms. They came here with guns and cutlasses.

“They asked all of us out of our rooms and they led all of us into an empty room. Then later they came to ask if we had any male Corps member because the lodge is like a wing. It was the first wing they robbed in the first hour of the operation. In that first wing, we had just one male Corps member; so they took him to the other room and beat him with a cutlass. They asked him to pull his trousers.

“We, the girls were packed in an empty room and they told us to stand up one after the other and they led us to our rooms. Some phones were collected and luckily for some of us, our phones were not with us because we were charging it. I had my phone with me but immediately they came, I hid my phone because they did not come with a torch. It was our torch they were collecting. There has not been light in our lodge since we started serving. We have been using a generator set and we don’t put it on overnight.