From CHRIS ANUCHA, Port Harcourt
Four female members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) were at the weekend, kidnapped in Rivers State. They were, however, rescued by a team of security agents. They were abducted at the NYSC Transit Camp, Iriebe, near Oyigbo, by a gang of seven armed men that gained entry into the camp through a collapsed fence.
Daily Sun gathered that when the bandits entered the camp, they gained access into the corps members’ room, through windows and doors that had no burglar proof. The gunmen had field day carting away handsets, laptops and yet –to- be disclosed sum of money. In the midst of the confusion, some of the corps members ran helter-skelter, in a bid to escape the attack and in the process, got injured. It was gathered that those wounded were rushed to a nearby hospital.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ben Ugwuegbulam, said police responded immediately they received information about the invasion. According to him, Oyigbo Police Division swung into action and mobilised policemen to dislodge the gunmen. “We gave the hoodlums a hot chase towards Egbelu/Oyigbo axis.
The hoodlums abandoned the girls, as the police closed in on them and disappeared into the bush,” he said. He also confirmed that some of the corps members were wounded during the attack. Daily Sun tried to contact the NYSC boss in Rivers, Mr. Benjamin Esan, but did not pick his call.