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NYSC declares 3-day mourning for drowned corps members

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The National Youth Service Corps has declared three days of mourning for the corps members who drowned at the Mayo-Selbe river near the Gashaka falls in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State.The NYSC Director , Press and Public Relations , Mrs . Adeyemi Adenike , said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja .

Adenike said that the nine corps members on Saturday August 4 involved in the accident left their places of primary assignments to hold a picnic at the accident site, adding that they drowned due to the sudden increase in water volume .

Adenike said that seven bodies had so far been recovered from the river by local divers and security agents , 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 .

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“ Management has , therefore , declared three – day mourning for the souls of our departed heroes ; beginning from Monday , August 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 .

( NAN )

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