The temporary orientation camp of the National Youths Service Corps, in Paikoro, Niger State, was on Monday invaded by hoodlums who carted away property belonging to corps members.
It was learnt that the hoodlums invaded the orientation camp as early as 6am when the corps members were preparing to leave the camp.
Items stolen include fans, mattresses and bedsheets.
Newsmen gathered that the hoodlums pretended to be NYSC officials until some corps members discovered that they were not officials and raised the alarm.
The alarm attracted the attention of security agents in the camp, who traced some of the stolen items to the staff quarters of the Government Secondary School.
As of the time of filing this report, one person had been arrested in connection with the robbery, while some of the stolen items had been recovered, including six fans that were purchased for the male and female hostels.
The NYSC Coordinator in Niger State, Mrs. Theresa Arokoyo, said such an incident would not have occurred if the NYSC had a permanent orientation camp in the state.
Arokoyo said that the temporary orientation camp was porous, adding that the incident was not the first time as the camp had always been vandalised each time corps members were on break.
“This development always compels the NYSC authority to spend extra money each time we resume for orientation,’’ she said.
The Niger State Acting Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso, said that the government was making efforts to ensure that the permanent orientation camp is ready before the end of 2017.
He urged corps members to use their services as a tool for national unity.