Robbers Rape Female Corps Member In Bayelsa State

A gang of suspected armed robbers has raped an unnamed member of the National Youth Service Corps in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

It was learnt that the hoodlums, during a house-to-house robbery at Yenizue- Gene, a suburb of Yenagoa, attacked the corps member’s apartment located in the area on Sunday.

The armed robbers, said to be three, reportedly stormed the area around 3am and fired several gunshots into the air to scare away members of a vigilance group, who used sticks and cutlasses as weapons.

The hoodlums were said to have robbed the victim of her mobile phones, cash and later raped her.

A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the armed robbers took turns to rape the victim in spite of her plea for mercy.

“She has been taken to a hospital for treatment,” the source added.

It was said that the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company had, since November 2017, thrown the entire state into darkness with electricity restored once in a while.

The development reportedly led to an upsurge in criminal activities, particularly cult-related killings and armed robberies.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Police Command, Mr Asinim Butswat, confirmed the robbery.
Butswat, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said, “The traumatised corps member reported the matter to the police station, including the way the hoodlums took turns to rape her.