Nine NYSC Members drown in River while Swimming in Taraba


9 corps members were drowned in River Mayo Selbe in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba state.

Daily Trust gathered that 22 corps members got drowned in the river while swimming on Saturday.

It was further gathered that out of them, 9 died while 13 were rescued by the villagers.

The Police Public Relation Officer, Taraba state command, ASP David Misal, confirmed the incident.

He said 9 out of 22 corps members died.

ASP Misal further stated that 7 corpses were recovered and the search for the remaining 2 corpses continued.

“Information at 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.” ASP Misal said.

He said they were swimming in the river when the volume of water in the river increased which carried the victims away.

The NYSC state Coordinator, Mrs Florence Yaakugh, also confirmed the incident.

She disclosed that the seven bodies have been recovered while the search for the other two bodies was still ongoing by the locals in collaboration with security agencies and the NYSC.

“So far, seven bodies have been recovered and we are working with other relevant persons to recover the rest and to identify the persons.” she said.


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