The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) said it has declared three days mourning for the nine corps members who drowned at the Mayo-Selbe river near the Gashaka falls in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba.
This was made known by the NYSC Director, Press and Public Relation officer, Adenike Adeyemi, in Abuja on Monday adding that the NYSC flags would fly at half-mast nationwide during the mourning.
According to Adeyemi, the nine corps members left their places of primary assignment on a picnic at the site on Saturday, August 4, adding that they got drowned due to the sudden increase in water volume and surge.
Her statement read in part: “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 added.