The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has debunked reports that some corps members were raped in their Uyo, Akwa Ibom lodge during a robbery attack.
NYSC state coordinator Chinyere Ekwe in a statement on Thursday said that although some thieves burgled the lodge on Wednesday and collected some of the corps members’ belongings, nobody was injured nor raped as reported on social media.
Mrs Ekwe said she visited the lodge together with the commissioner of police Olatoye Durosinmi.
“The attention of the NYSC management in Akwa lbom state has been drawn to an online publication, with the caption, ‘Akwa Ibom: Gunmen attack NYSC lodge, rob, rape women’, published by one of the titled newspapers and reported by several online media,” the statement said.
“In the said story making the rounds, it was alleged that gunmen attacked, raped, robbed and dispossessed corps members of their valuables at Udo Ekong Ekwere Street, off Information Drive, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state where they reside.
“To put the unfortunate incident in proper perspective, the NYSC state Coordinator, Mrs Chinyere Ekwe, in company of the 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 them further revealed that an attack on them was actually carried out by thieves at about 1.00 a.m. in the morning.”
Ekwe added that the police commissioner assured the corps members and the public that the police has launched an investigation on the matter and that the culprits would soon be apprehended.