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Nigeria: Gunmen Invade NYSC Lodge in Taraba
ICC Note:
Although the motive behind the raid has not been determined, the gunmen asked for the religion of all of the members of the fellowship, who were Christian. From the report it doesn’t appear that anyone was harmed but the gunmen did threaten to behead anyone who misbehaved and held the youth hostage for several hours. With attacks against Christians by the radical Islamic group Boko Haram plaguing Nigeria and leading to hundreds of deaths, tensions remain high across the country.
09/07/2012 Nigeria ( GUNMEN, yesterday,in Jalingo, Taraba State, attacked members of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, at the Family House of the Redeemed Christian Corps Fellowship, RCCF, behind Federal Government Girls College, FGGC, dispossessing them of money and other valuables.
It was gathered that the bandits held the corp members hostage for several hours after robbing them. The gunmen were said to have gained entrance into the lodge from a toilet in the female wing of the building, carting away three laptops, 24 mobile phones and an undisclosed amount of money.
Feeding allowance gone
One of the victims, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “We were about 20 corps members in the lodge when it happened. All our phones were taken away.

Another said: “We were sleeping when some men came in holding all sorts of dangerous weapons. We never resisted them. We obeyed their orders because we were shocked by fear.
‘They threaten to behead us’
“They asked us of our state of origin and religion, threatening to behead us if we misbehave.”
Confirming the attack, RCCF President, Banji Omogbehin, said: “The motive of the attack was unknown because the bandits asked us our state of origin, threatened to rape our ladies and behead us.”
Officials of NYSC, who visited the corps members, said the issue would be seriously dealt with, as the scheme would not tolerate such act on its serving corps members.
Police report
However, Police spokesperson, Amos Olaoye, said it was a case of burglary and stealing.
He said: “I can confirm the attack, but it is not robbery. We have not made any arrest yet but the police are investigating.”
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