Tragedy occurred on Thursday when a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member serving in Bauchi, Joseph Adebayo, drowned in the Gubi River, in the outskirts of Bauchi metropolis Bauchi State, while on a picnic to celebrate the end of his service year.
Adebayo and two other colleagues were said to have boarded a faulty canoe which later capsized. Two of the Corps members were said to have been rescued but Adebayo was not so lucky.
The Public Relations Officer of the Bauchi State Police Command, DSP Kamal Datti, confirmed the incident to the media, saying the deceased, along with two of his colleagues, had boarded a faulty canoe, which capsized with them.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]“Three of the corps members boarded a canoe but unfortunately, the canoe was faulty, and so water drifted into it, resulting in the canoe capsizing.[/penci_blockquote]
Datti revealed that two of the corps members were rescued by villagers while Adebayo got drowned, adding that his floating corpse was recovered on Friday.
His words “On Thursday at about 8.30 pm the command received a report from one Mahadi Sada, a Zonal Inspector of NYSC, that on the same day at about 5pm, some corps members attached to Bauchi State Board of Internal Revenue went on picnic at Gubi dam to celebrate the end of their service year.
“Three of the corps members boarded a canoe but unfortunately, the canoe was faulty, and so water drifted into it, resulting in the canoe capsizing.
“However, two of the corps members were rescued by villagers fishing in the Dam while one Joseph Adebayo, 26, who hails from Ogun state, got drowned and eventually died.”
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Datti said the corpse of the deceased was recovered on Friday at about 8am and deposited at the mortuary of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, for medical examination, adding that investigation on the matter had commenced.