Opinion

Armed Robbers Attack Corps Members in Awka

By Alexander Adejoh

Armed robbers last Monday attacked members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Agulu- Awka, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The robbers, armed with sophisticated pistols and dangerous weapons, invaded the corps members’ place of primary assignment, Community Secondary School, Agulu-Awka, in Awka South, and made away with valuable property.

Fides gathered that various phones, lesson notes, wallets and other personal belongings, were carted away by the robbers.

An eye witness who pleaded anonymity, said the incident took the community unawares, noting that the said notorious gang killed the boss of the state vigilante group last December.

It was gathered that the incident happened when the corps members, numbering about four, two males and two females, were coming out of the school gate at close of work at about 2.45pm.

When Fides contacted the NYSC Assistant Director, Corps Discipline and Reward, Mr Ayorinde Ayanda, last Wednesday, he regretted the situation and said the corps was not happy with the situation.

‘The incident reportedly happened on Monday in Awka South Local Government Area of the state. It took place at about 2:45pm on the said day.

‘The NYSC Management condemned the attitude of the locals and saw it as an embarrassment and disgraceful, given that the sons and daughters of the state are being treated as kings and queens in the other states of the federation.

‘The Management has reported the incident to appropriate quarters, including the Police, other security agencies, and traditional rulers.

One of the affected corps members, John Ojima, told Fides that he had become afraid of staying there and that he had contacted the Local Government Inspector on the need to be transferred to another place for his primary assignment.

‘This was my first time of witnessing such a thing. The robbers came with guns and brutally dealt with me and Desmond before doing away with our phones and other property.’

Ojima urged security agencies in the state to put to bring the perpetrators of the crime to book.

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