- Nine corps members serving in Taraba state have drown in a river in the state
- They were part of 22 corps members who had gone on a picnic party in Gashaka local government area of the state
- The incident was confirmed by the police and the state's coordinator of the scheme
Tragedy struck in Taraba state on Saturday, August 4, as nine members of the National Youth Service Corps in the state drowned in River Mayo-Selbe, Gashaka local government area.
Punch reports that the police public relations officer of the state ASP David Missal, confirmed the incident.
NAIJ.com gathers that Missal stated that the 22 corps members were swimming in River Mayo-Selbe when nine of them drowned. He said that seven corpses had so far been recovered from the scene of the incident.
He said: “Information available revealed that 22 youth corps members had gone on a picnic party in River Mayo-Selbe in Gashaka LGA on Saturday when the incident happened.
“We were made to understand that while they were swimming in the river, there was sudden upsurge in the volume of water, which carried them away. Nine of them drowned, while others managed to escape.
“We have so far recovered seven corpses, while the search for the two remaining corpses is still in progress."
The incident was also confirmed by the state's NYSC coordinator, Florence Yaakugh, who described it as "most unfortunate".
She said: “It’s a very sad development and we would soon have the identity of all the corps members involved in the accident and make such information known appropriately.
“We have very sketchy information indicating that about nine of our corps members drowned in Gashaka yesterday.
“So far, seven bodies have been recovered and we are working with relevant persons to recover the rest of the bodies and to identify them.
“This is a very sad development and the entire NYSC family in Taraba state is already thrown into deep mourning."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a corps member serving in Bayelsa state was said to have died after falling into a river while trying to take selfie.
According to reports, the yet-to-be identified man was taking a selfie when he met his untimely death. The sad incident took place on Friday, May 4 in Ogbolomaibiri, Nembe.
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