…declares three day mourning
The management of the National Youth Service Corps has expressed condolences to the families over the death of seven of its members in Taraba state, declaring a three-day mourning.
The NYSC, in a statement issued by its Director, Press and Public Relations, Adeyemi Adenike, on Monday in Abuja, confirmed that the bodies of seven members of the scheme who drowned in a river southeast of Taraba state, have been recovered while two others are still missing.
The management therefore directed that the NYSC flags nationwide be flown half-mast beginning from Monday (today).
The statement reads: “The entire NYSC Family is shocked and saddened by the cruel twist of fate that befell our Corps Members who drowned as a result of the sudden increase in water volume and surge of the River Mayo-Selbe, near the Gashaka falls in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State.
“The serving Corps Members had on Saturday, 4th August, 2018 left their Places of Primary Assignment and embarked on a picnic at the site before the unfortunate incident.
“Seven bodies have so far been recovered from the river by the local divers and security agents while the search for the remaining two missing Corps Members is ongoing.
“Management has therefore declared a three-day mourning for the souls of our departed heroes, beginning from Monday, 6th August during which NYSC flags nationwide would fly half-mast.
“Our prayers and condolences are with the families and the Scheme covets your prayers at this moment.”