- A three-day mourning has been announced by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to be observed by corps members following the death of their colleagues in Taraba state
- Adenike Adeyemi, the NYSC director of press and public relations, made this announcement on Monday, August 6, in honour of the dead
- The corps members (nine of them) drowned on Saturday, August 4, during a picnic due to the sudden increase in water volume and surge
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has declared three days of mourning for the corps members who drowned at the Mayo-Selbe river near the Gashaka falls in Gashaka local government area of Taraba state, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Adenike Adeyemi, the NYSC director of press and public relations, said this in a statement on Monday, August 6, in Abuja.
Adeyemi said the nine corps members on Saturday, August 4, involved in the accident left their places of primary assignment on a picnic at the site, adding that they got drowned due to the sudden increase in water volume and surge.
She said seven bodies had so far been recovered from the river by local divers and security agents while the search for the remaining missing two corps members was ongoing.
“The entire NYSC family is shocked and saddened by the cruel twist of fate that befell our corps members. The corps members drowned as a result of the sudden increase in water volume and surge of river Mayo-Selbe near the Gashaka falls in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba.
“Seven bodies have so far been recovered from the river by local divers and security agents while the search for the remaining two missing corps members is ongoing.
“Management has, therefore, declared three-day mourning for the souls of our departed heroes; beginning from Monday Aug, 6. Our condolences are with the families at this moment,” she said.
Adeyemi said that during the mourning NYSC flags would fly half-mast nationwide.
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that tragedy struck in Taraba state on Saturday, August 4, as nine members of the NYSC in the state drowned in River Mayo-Selbe, Gashaka local government area.
NAIJ.com gathered that the police public relations officer of the state ASP David Missal, confirmed the incident. He also 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.
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