After a successful service year, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr. Ojeshola Taofeek, has drowned in Nembe River in the Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The ex-corp member who hailed from Osun State, drowned he went to the Ogbolomabiri jetty on Saturday to take pictures of the waterside as part of his fun memories during his service.
Igbogi Aprebo, A community source, said Taofeek was preparing to go home after completing a skill acquisition training on tailoring, which he started for self-development, before his demise.
Punch Report the source said the deceased collected his vocational certificate on tailoring two days before the unfortunate incident.
“This corps member passed out among the recent set this year. He bought crayfish from my neighbour in preparation to return home joyfully. Unfortunately, he accompanied his colleagues to a waterfront (Jetty).
“According to a source, he set himself at the edge of the Jetty to take a photograph possibly with the aim of uploading on Facebook or to show his people when he gets home on how he had safely ended his service in the riverine area.
“He fell into the river as the steps were slippery. Indigenes rushed to the scene having heard the sorrowful shouting for help. They searched for him more than 30 minutes before he was finally found.
“They applied all the efforts to revive him but he gave up the ghost. Indeed, it is a painful exit. The people of Opu-Nembe sympathise with the corps members of Nembe Local Government Area and his bereaved families.” Igbogi said.
He added that the Community Development Committee had always advised corps members to avoid contact with the river.
He, however, said that the corps members were always adamant to the warnings.