By Rita Onuoha
The management of NYSC has declared a three-day mourning period for the departed corps members, beginning from Monday, August 6, during which NYSC flags nationwide would fly at half-mast.
This is even as local divers in Taraba State have recovered the bodies of seven out of the nine National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members that drowned in the state on Saturday.
Director, Press and Public Relations, NYSC, Adeyemi Adenike, who disclosed this in a statement, said the search was still ongoing to recover the remaining two bodies.
It would be recalled that nine serving corps members got drowned in River Mayo- Selbe near Gashaka Local Government of Taraba state on Saturday August 4, when they left their Places of Primary Assignment and embarked on a picnic at the site before the unfortunate incident
The Taraba Police Command’s spokesman, ASP David Missal, who confirmed the incident which occurred on Saturday, said seven corpses had so far been recovered.
“Information available to our disposal reveals that 22 Youth Corps members serving in the state were on a picnic party in River Mayo-Selbe in Gashaka LGA on Saturday when the incident happened.”
“We were made to understand that while they were swimming, there was a sudden increase in the volume of water which carried nine of them away. “We have so far recovered seven corpses while the search for the two remaining corpses is still in progress,” he said.
The State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Florence Yaakugh also confirmed the incident.