The challenge of insecurity has again heightened in Bayelsa State following the attack by suspected cultists on the youth corps members' lodge in a community in the state.
The corps member attacked
A Youth Corps members’ lodge at Angalabiri community in Sagbama Local Government of Bayelsa State, was on Sunday attacked by suspected cultists who were said to have cut off a corps member’s left hand.
It was gathered that the victim identified as Luntis Julius from Taraba State, was brutally attacked with a machete by the hoodlums who were said to have robbed the corps members of laptops and phones.
The incident which occurred about 2:30a.m., reportedly caused panic among corps members serving in Sagbama Local Government.
While speaking to a correspondent, a corps member, who spoke in confidence, lamented constant attacks by armed youths. He said: “We are at the mercy of hoodlums. Female corps members are harassed on a daily basis.”
Recently at a stakeholders’ workshop organised by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), the Coordinator, Mrs. Loto Bolade, implored employers of corps members to put facilities in place to address their security and welfare.
Two arrested suspects
She said: “Corps members are your children during the one year they are posted to your establishments. It is your responsibility to give them accommodation with security, the same you give to your children.”
Police spokesman Butswat Asinim confirmed the attack, and said it is a case of burglary, adding that the hoodlums stole the corps members’ belongings and attacked one of them with a machete.
Two out of the four cultists allegedly involved in the attack have been apprehended by security operatives and are currently cooling off their heels in police custody.
The victim who had his hand almost chopped off, is currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital.