Robbers raid Youth Corps members' lodge in Ogun


National Youth Service Corp members

National Youth Service Corp members during a parade
National Youth Service Corp members during a parade

Valuables were carted away early Saturday morning by some armed robbers who invaded the residence of National Youth Corps members serving in Ogun State, western Nigeria.

The residence is located behind Development Centre, Presidential Boulevard, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The robbery at the lodge, which is the third within five months, occurred at about 3:00am when the Youth Corps members were fast asleep.

Items lost include some amount of money, ten laptops and over twenty-five telephones.

An eyewitness account has it that the bandits exploited the absence of security in the vicinity to gain access to the lodge and at gun point robbed the Youth Corps members.

Some of the victims who spoke with our correspondent but preferred to remain anonymous, said the gang numbering about four escaped through a foot path after the operation.

According to one of the victims, “the robbers arrived our residence at about 3.00am. They forced their way into each flat at gun point and thereafter embarked on the raid, unhindered. Two of the bandits moved from one room to the other to ransack, while the other two stayed outside to attack anybody that resisted.

“The robbers made away with money, ten laptops and over twenty-five mobile phones.

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“They left behind our certificates and other educational documents earlier stolen alongside other valuables. This is the third time robbers would be raiding us.”

The Youth Corps members said they had earlier reported the two previous incidents to the police but no action was taken until the robbers struck again on Saturday morning.

They passionately appealed to the security agencies to come to provide adequate security for them before the bandits begin to maim or killing them if they come and find nothing to steal anymore.

“We are begging security authorities in the state and NYSC authorities to come to our aid before the bandits start killing us,” a Youth Corps member who graduated from the University of Ilorin stated.

Efforts to get the State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, to react to the matter proved abortive as his lines were not going through.

Police sources who confirmed the incident, informed that efforts are ongoing to provide adequate surveillance in the area.

Residents of the area have equally resolved to form community security measure in tackling the incessant robberies in the quarters.