Unknown gunmen attacked Corpers’ Lodge at Udo Ekong Ekwere street, off Information Drive, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, and robbed the occupants even after raping the female ones.
It was gathered that the incident happened at about 1:00am Wednesday.
The attackers stormed the lodge in their tricycles, shot in the air, and carted away valuables including laptops, cell phones, and cash.
An eyewitness who identified himself as Emeka Emmanuel said, “They arrived on Keke and immediately started operation. They beamed high-intensity torchlight everywhere and pounced on every door with heavy iron and threatened to shoot us if we fail to cooperate”.
Another source said her phones, laptop, and cash were forcefully taken away from her after the hoodlums gained entrance into her room from the back door.
“You know at that period of the night, most of us females, do sleep naked and the suddenness of the attack caught us unprepared. They beamed the torch through the window and threatened to shoot if the door is not quickly opened.
Mr. Nsikak Ibanga, a night guard at the State Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists which is located opposite the Corpers lodge said, ” I raised alarm by hitting the supporting pillars holding the reconstructed NUJ auditorium, the sound reverberated across the whole area but no response”.
Godwin Okpo, the youth leader blamed incessant criminal activities around communities on the collapse of internal security organized by the local residents.
“I used to go round from house to house to collect monetary contributions for the night vigilante group to secure the area at night but suddenly they started accusing me of embezzling their money, so there was nothing I could do again.
He added, “When I heard the incident late in the night around I:00am, I moved to the place but since I was alone, there was nothing I could do.”
The Police Public Relations Officer Odiko Macedon said he was yet to be fully briefed on the incident, adding that he would investigate and get back to Journalists.