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Gunmen invade NYSC lodge in Taraba

07 September 2012, 10:23

Taraba - Gunmen, yesterday,in Jalingo, Taraba State, attacked members of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, at the Family House of the Redeemed Christian Corps Fellowship, RCCF, behind Federal Government Girls College, FGGC, dispossessing them of money and other valuables.

It was gathered that the bandits held the corp members hostage for several hours after robbing them. The gunmen were said to have gained entrance into the lodge from a toilet in the female wing of the building, carting away three laptops, 24 mobile phones and an undisclosed amount of money.

One of the victims, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "We were about 20 corps members in the lodge when it happened. All our phones were taken away.

"Some of us had more than one phones. Our monthly feeding allowance, which we contributed, was also taken away by the evil men."

Another said: "We were sleeping when some men came in holding all sorts of dangerous weapons. We never resisted them. We obeyed their orders because we were shocked by fear.

'They threaten to behead us'

"They asked us of our state of origin and religion, threatening to behead us if we misbehave."

Confirming the attack, RCCF President, Banji Omogbehin, said: "The motive of the attack was unknown because the bandits asked us our state of origin, threatened to rape our ladies and behead us."

Officials of NYSC, who visited the corps members, said the issue would be seriously dealt with, as the scheme would not tolerate such act on its serving corps members.

However, Police spokesperson, Amos Olaoye, said it was a case of burglary and stealing.

He said: "I can confirm the attack, but it is not robbery. We have not made any arrest yet but the police are investigating."



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