An unidentified female member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has been raped by a gang of armed robbers in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
It was gathered that the hoodlums, who were engaged in house-to-house robbery at Yenizue Gene, a suburb of Yenagoa, attacked the corps member’s apartment located in the area on Sunday morning.
The armed robbers numbering about three stormed the area at about 3am and fired several gunshots into the air to scare away a vigilance group, whose members were only carrying sticks and cutlasses.
They were said to have robbed the victim of his mobile phones, cash and other valuables and later raped her.
A resident, who spoke under condition of anonymity, said they took turns on the victim despite her pleas for mercy.
“She has, however, been taken to the hospital for treatment”, the source said.
Sources said the police were alerted but that they could only do little following the blackout in Yenagoa.
The Port-Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) has since November last year thrown the entire state including Yenagoa into darkness.
The development has led to upsurge in criminal activities especially cult-related killings and armed robberies.
A local vigilance member, Tonye, said the security men, who arrived the robbery scene, were afraid they could run into an ambush laid by the hoodlums.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident and said three armed robbers were involved in the crime.
He said the traumatised corps member reported the matter to the police station including the way the hoodlums took turns on her.
Butswat noted that the victim also made useful statement on the identities of the armed robbers adding that the police immediately launched a manhunt on them.