Some hoodlums on Monday evening invaded the temporary orientation camp of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in Paikoro, Niger state, The Nation reports.
The hoodlums ended up carting away the properties of NYSC and belongings of Corps members.
According to The Nation, the hoodlums invaded the orientation camp as early as 6am when preparations for leaving the camp was in high tempo.
Items stolen include fans, mattresses, beddings, and bedsheets amongst others.
The hoodlums whose number remain unknown pretended to be NYSC officials until some observant Corps members discovered that they were not officials and raised alarm, but before the alarm, a lot of items had already been carted away.
The alarm attracted the attention of the security agents in the camp who immediately moved in and in the process, some of the stolen items were traced to the staff quarters of the Government Secondary School.
As at the time of filing this report, one person has been arrested in connection with the robbery while some of the items have been discovered including six fans which were purchased for the male and female hostels during the visit of the NYSC, Director General.
The NYSC Coordinator in Niger state, Mrs. Theresa Arokoyo while speaking about the robbery said if the NYSC had permanent orientation camp in the state, such an incident would not have occurred.
She said that the current temporary orientation camp is printed to vandals adding that this incident is not the first time as their camp had always been vandalized each time it is closed after orientation.
“This development makes the authority to spend extra money each time we resume for orientation camp.”
Arokoyo while speaking to the Niger state Acting Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso during the closing ceremony of the orientation course of the Batch A Stream 1 in Paikoro appealed to the state government to make haste in its promise in providing a permanent orientation camp in the state.
The Niger State Acting Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso said that the state government is working hard in ensuring that the permanent orientation camp is ready before the end of 2017.
He urged the Corps members to use their services as a tool for national unity stressing on the need to leave behind imprints of their programs and projects that will address the basic needs of their host communities.