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Corps member gang raped by 15-member armed robbery gang in Bayelsa

A female member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) doing her one-year mandatory service in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State is currently in a critical condition after she was allegedly assaulted and raped by a 15-man gang of robbers who invaded the ‘Corpers Lodge’ at Yenizue Gene, a suburb of Yenagoa, about 3a.m. yesterday June 17th.

New Telegraph reports that the armed robbers overpowered the neighbourhood vigilantes who are usually armed with only sticks and machetes. The robbers reportedly went to the NYSC Corpers Lodge where they forcibly took away a female corps member. According to a resident of the community, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the corps member was repeatedly raped by the hoodlums who took her in turns.

The residents of the community went to rescue her after the robbers had finished assulting her. They took her to the hospital where doctors are working to stabilize her.

Local sources said though the police were alerted, there was little they could do because the area had been thrown into darkness by the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC). A vigilante, who gave his name simply as Tonye, said the security men were afraid of running into an ambush.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Asinim Butswat, said the command is yet to receive any information about the incident.

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