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NYSC declares 3 days mourning for 9 drowned corps members

Valentine Chinyem

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Following the death of 9 corps members who drowned at the Mayo-Selbe river near the Gashaka falls in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has declared three days of mourning.

Mrs Adeyemi Adenike, the NYSC Director, Press and Public Relations said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Nine corps members out of 22 drowned on Saturday August 4, due to a sudden upsurge in the volume of water, which was caused by an heavy rainfall around Mambilla Plateau of over 7,000 feet above sea level, forcing the water to rush down to the river.

So far seven bodies have been recovered from the river by local divers and security agents while the search for the remaining missing two corps members was ongoing, Adenike said.

“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.
Adenike said that during the mourning, NYSC flags would fly half-mast nationwide.

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