Female Adamawa corps members sleep on floor, corridors after hostel evictions

"The girls have now been moved to the overcrowded hostels, most of them sleeping on the corridors or in spaces with little or no ventilation." This is a double tragedy for the corp members who only seek to serve their motherland.

Sixty-eight (68) female corps members relocated to Benue from Adamawa states have been evicted from their rooms by the Camp Director, B.B Ballama.

According to a source, who spoke to Student Pulse on conditions of anonymity, Bullama had on Saturday asked the affected girls to leave their hostels.

"The camp director B.B Ballama giving a short speech, threatened the girls that they would be evicted and sent to a nearby police college which is not fumigated, with lots of bushes and snakes," she said.

Bullama reportedly said the girls were only allowed to stay in the rooms because they came late to camp.

But our source says most of the affected girls resumed on the instructed date.

"He claimed we came late to camp which was why the hostel was opened for us (which is a lie - the call up letter said everyone should report on Nov 26, which we all did).

"The population was more than expected."

Despite the protests, the Director had some of the girls removed threatening to decamp them if they failed to comply.

Left with no option, the girls are now living in inhumane conditions.

"He later moved about 10 of the girls who managed to pack their belongings to a tiny laundry room that didn't have enough leg room to contain 5 people.

"More than 40 girls had to sleep on the floor on Saturday night as all the bunks in the hostel had been removed, other girls had to squat with friends."

But that was not the end of the matter as the eviction took a gender twist when the same hostels were allocated to male corp members.

"On Sunday morning after the officials had succeeded in throwing the girls out, they started bringing new bunks.

"They claimed it was for some boys staying in an open hall where official activities are being held.

Despite subsequent assurances from the camp director later that the evicted corp members would be resettles, the eviction resumed in full force today.

"On Monday morning after parade by 8am, the camp officials came to throw out the remaining female corp members who were still in the hostel and had nowhere else to go

"They threatened to bring some soldiers to discipline and throw out everyone's things if they don't get out within minutes, claiming they have available bed spaces."

"When one of the evicted girls tried to say their act was wrong, the officials accused her of being rude, ceased her I.D card and took her to the camp disciplinary committee."

"The girls have now been moved to the overcrowded hostels, most of them sleeping on the corridors or in spaces with little or no ventilation."

To make matters worse for the evictees, some female corp members originally in the main hostels have been hostile towards them, obviously over the increased inconvenience.

This is a double tragedy for the corp members who were first relocated from their original state of posting Adamawa, leading to the delay of their orientation camp.

Now, they suffer in the hands of the same officials that should assist them as they seek to serve their motherland.

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