Three days of mourning has been declared by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), for the corps members who drowned at the Mayo-Selbe river near the Gashaka falls in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba.
The NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adeyemi Adenike, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
Adenike disclosed that the corp members had left their place of primary assignment for a picnic at the site when they got involved in the accident on the 9th of August. She added that they got drown due to the sudden increase in water volume and surge.
According to Adenike, local divers and security agents have recovered 7 bodies, 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.
“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.