Gunmen have attacked Corpers’ Lodge along Udo Ekong Ekwere street, off Information Drive in Uyo Akwa Ibom State, robbed and raped the female occupants.
The incident occurred at about 1:00am Wednesday when the helpless corp members have gone to sleep.
It was gathered that the gunmen who came in a tricycle carted away valuables including laptops, cell phones and cash after raping the female ones.
Some of the corps member who spoke with newsmen regretted that no one came to their rescue despite raising the alarm.
One of the corp members who identified himself as Emeka Emmanuel said immediately the hoodlums arrived, they beamed high intensity torchlight everywhere and pounced on every door with heavy iron and threatened to shoot us if they fail to cooperate.
A female Corps member, who also spoke on condition of anonymity said her phones, laptop, cash were forcefully taken away from her after the hoodlums gained entrance into her room from the back door.
Her words, “You know at that period of the night, most of us females, we used to sleep naked and the suddeness of the attack caught us unprepared. They beamed the torch through the window and threatened to shoot if the door is not quickly opened.”
“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 targeted, raped and robbed by criminals at gun point. Is it because we are not from Akwa Ibom that no one could hear our shouts and come to save us?”, another female colleague, lamented.
Nsikak Ibanga, a night guard at the State Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists which is located opposite the Corpers lodge said, “I raised alarm by hitting the supporting pillers holding the reconstructed NUJ auditorium”, adding that “the sound reverberated across the whole area but no response”.
Another neighbour, Bassey Offiong said “when I heard the attack and the outcry of the Corpers, I quickly reached out to the Police at Ikot Akpanabia Command, which is very close here, but they arrived a little late, after the criminals had finished and left with their tricycle”.
Also the Youth Leader of the area, Comrade Godwin Okpo, blamed incessant criminals activities around communities on the collapse of internal security organized by the local residents.
“I used to go round from house to house to collect monetary contributions for the night vigilante group to secure the area at night, but suddenly they started accusing me of embezzling their money,
.So there was nothing I could do again.
He added “When I heard the incident late in the night around I: 00am this morning, I moved to the place but since I was alone, there was nothing I could do.”
He also blamed the inability of the youths to come out on noise of generators running into late night in most homes.
“I have told them that once it’s midnight, they should off their generators so we can hear what’s happening in the neighborhoods”, he stressed.
When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer Odiko Macdon, said he was yet to be fully briefed on the incident, adding that he would investigate and get back to our correspondent
He said, “I don’t have any information about the incident but i will find out and get across to you.”