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NYSC, Police Ignored Robbery Attack on us – Corpers

Six corps members in the Osiele area of Ogun State say they are now living in fear since January 13, 2016, when a gang of robbers stormed their apartments and carted away their valuables.

They said the incident was reported at the Odeda Police Station, but the police had yet to visit the scene.

A corps member, who is serving at the Abeokuta South Local Government Area, Paul Wisdom, said he wrote a letter to the state Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps, on the incident, but his letter had not been replied to.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the robbers, who were armed with cutlasses, burgled two flats, where the victims reside around 4am penultimate Wednesday, carting away foodstuffs, laptops, a television set and mobile phones, among others.

Wisdom urged the police and the NYSC to investigate the incident and beef up security in the area to prevent a recurrence.

He said, “Four of us live in a flat. They came in through the window around 4am, wielding cutlasses and charms. They went into our kitchen and packed all our foodstuffs. They also made away with our laptops, mobile phones, television and money. We do not have any security here. We reported at the Odeda Police Station, but the police have not come here since then. I also wrote a letter to the NYSC state coordinator, through Abeokuta South Local Government Inspector last Monday. They have not got back to me since. We are in a strange land; we don’t have relatives here. We have been living in fear. The burglar-proof that was destroyed by robbers has not been fixed by the landlord and we don’t have any other place to go.

“The police should investigate and know what actually happened. In an area like this, most of the hoodlums would be known to the police authorities. If they can trace one of the stolen items to a person, they will be able to arrest the suspects.”

Another affected corper, Olamide Olowoniyi, said she and her friend, Ekawu Godsfavour, heard a loud bang in their neigbours’ apartment and wanted to check what was happening when the robbers overpowered them.

She said, “They stole my gold jewellery, my Samsung X6 and my laptop. They also took the cash in my wallet. There has never been a vigilance group guarding this area; the security is never tight.”

Ekawu Godsfavour, said, “They stole my HP laptop, an iPhone and a Samsung tablet. They told us to lie down. They did not beat us.”

Another victim, Anthony Otuk, told PUNCH Metro that the robbers threatened to slaughter them if they failed to “cooperate”. He said he also reported the incident to the Odeda LGA.

An official of the Abeokuta South LGA, Mr. Gbenga Odurinde, confirmed receipt of Wisdom’s letter.

“He wrote the letter last week and we are working on it. The corps member (Wisdom) was even here today (Tuesday),” he added.

The landlord of the burgled residence, who declined to give his name, said a vigilance group had been formed to look into the security of the neighbourhood.

He said, “It is true they were robbed. The case was reported to the police and they came. I don’t live there, but the landlords around have met and said they had engaged a vigilance group to beef up security. Students lived in the house last year and nothing happened. The burglar-proof was not damaged much. The corpers were not around the day I wanted to fix it.”

The Ogun State Police spokesperson, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, said the police responded to the incident and had launched a manhunt for the suspects.

He said, “The police went to the area and did what they were supposed to do. That house is not a corpers’ lodge. The command provides adequate security at the corpers’ lodges recognised by the NYSC. Meanwhile, efforts are ongoing to arrest the suspects.”


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