Youth Corps Members in Northern States get Apprehensive following Attack on NYSC Lodge in TarabaPosted on Friday, September 7th, 2012 at 9:30 AM
By Adeola Adeyemo
This has generated some apprehension among Youth Corps members especially those serving in northern states.
According to Vanguard, the bandits stole three laptops, 24 mobile phones and the monthly allowances of the corps members, after gaining entrance into the building through a toilet in the female wing.
One of the corps members said the armed robbers asked them of their states of origin and religion and threatened to behead them if they refused to cooperate.
He said they also threatened to rape the female corps members. Thankfully, no life was lost in the attack.
During the last mobilisation of youth corps members across the country, there was a public outcry against the posting of the graduates to some volatile states in the North. Parents, graduates and some organisations kicked against the mobilisation of youth corps members to such states for safety reasons.
Youth corps members, especially those serving in northern states, have in recent years come under attack from members of the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
Many of them have been killed, raped and robbed of their belongings. During the last General Elections in Nigeria, a number of Youth Corps members were brutally murdered in the post-election violence in some northern states.
With this attack, their fears have been renewed.
The spokesperson of the Taraba State Police Command, Amos Olaoye who confirmed the attack said: “I can confirm the attack but it is not robbery. We have not made any arrest yet but the police are investigating.”
Hopefully, this would serve as a reawakening to the relevant authorities to ensure the safety of Youth Corps members across the country.