Its so devastating as over Nine Youth Corps members in Taraba State drowns.
On Saturday, nine corp members drowned in the River Mayo-Selbe, in the Gashaka Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer of Taraba State Police Command, ASP David Missal, who affirmed the demise of nine out of the 22 corps individuals who were swimming in the said river, said seven corpses had so far been recovered from the river.
Information at our disposal revealed that 22 youth corps members currently serving in Taraba State were on a picnic in the River Mayo-Selbe, in the Gashaka LGA on Saturday when the incident happened.
“We were made to know that while they were swimming in the river, there was a sudden upsurge in the volume of water which swept them away.
“Nine of the corp members drowned while others managed to escape.
“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 while describing it as most unfortunate.
Yaakugh said seven corpses had been recovered while the search for the other two bodies was still ongoing by the locals in collaboration with security agencies and the NYSC.
She said, “It’s a very sad development and we would soon have the identity of all the corps members involved in the accident and make such information known appropriately.
We have very sketchy information indicating that about nine of the Taraba corps members were drowned in Gashaka yesterday.
“So far, seven bodies have been recovered and we are working with other relevant persons to recover the rest of the bodies and to identify them.