The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC Akwa Ibom State has debunked the media reports that female corp members resident in Udo Ekong Ekwere Street, off Information Drive, Uyo were raped by Gunmen.
In a rebuttal statement signed by the NYSC state Cordinator, Chinyere Ekwe and made available to journalists in Uyo on Thursday, the hoodlums invaded the Corps lodge, dispossessed them of their belongings but never inflicted bodily harm on any of them.
The statement noted that the NYSC Cordinator in company of the state Police Commissioner, Olatoye Durosinmi who visited the Corps members for an on the spot assessment discovered that the attack was carried out at about 1:00AM.
She said the Commissioner while ordering investigation into the matter for the apprehension of the culprits has detailed surveillance around the area with a promise to extend same to other Corps lodges.
She, however urged other corps members in the state to go about their lawful duties and make use of the security phone lines already provided if in distressed situations.
The statement in parts, “The attention of the Management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Akwa lbom State has been drawn to an online publication, making the rounds that Gunmen attacked, raped, robbed and dispossessed Corps members of their valuables at Udo Ekong Ekwere Street, off Information Drive, Uyo, Akw Ibom State where they reside.
“To put the unfortunate incident in proper perspective, the State Coordinator, NYSC Akwa Ibom State, Mrs. Chinyere Ekwe in company of the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Olatoye Durosinmi, visited the Corps members for an on the spot assessment.
“While there, it was confirmed that 21 Corps members occupy the said property. The interaction with the Corps members further revealed that an attack on them was actually carried out by thieves at about 1am this morning.
“In the process, the invaders took their valuables including phones, Laptops and some cash. They confirmed that NO bodily harm was meted on them, and NO CORPS MEMBER WAS RAPED.
“While the actions and intentions of those criminal elements remained condemnable, we passionately appeal to the social media operators, to exercise restraint and not trivialize such unfortunate incident as the consequences on the psychology of parents and guardians of Corps members in the state would be dangerously affected.”