The nine National Youth Corps members who drowned in Mayo-Selbe river near the Gashaka falls in Gashaka Local Government Area, Taraba state, during a picnic party, have been given a three-day mourning by the NYSC as mark of last respect.
The NYSC Director, Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adeyemi Adenike, who made this known in a statement on Monday, said that the nine corps members on Saturday Aug. 4 involved in the accident left their places of primary assignment on a picnic at the site. She stated that they got drowned due to the sudden increase in water volume and surge.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]“The entire NYSC family is shocked and saddened by the cruel twist of fate that befell our corps members.[/penci_blockquote]
Adenike revealed that 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.
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“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.
Adenike disclosed that NYSC flags nationwide would fly at half mast during the period of mourning.