SAD NEWS: 9 Corps members drowned in Taraba state

Nine corps members serving in Gashaka local government area of Taraba state were on Saturday drown in a river when they went out for a picnic. Police said the bodies of seven were recovered on Sunday. Gashaka is near the Mambilla Plateau. Police spokesman, David Misal, who confirmed the incident to The Nation, said he was expecting a detailed briefing from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in the area. “Some corpers serving in Gashaka went out to do picnic. It’s like they were celebrating something. “And maybe, they were not good swimmers or the water overpowered them. Nine of them were drown. “Today our men recovered the bodies of seven. “I am still waiting for detailed briefs from our DPO in the area, but the network service is not that good,” Misal said. Sudden increase in the volume of water in River Mayo Celbe, Taraba was responsible for the drowning of nine corps member who were swimming during a picnic party, the police said. State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Florence Yaakugh also confirmed the incident. Yaakugh said 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. While describing the incident as most regrettable and unfortunate, Yaakugh said that the NYSC would soon have the identity of all the Corps members involved and make such known appropriately. “We have information indicating that about nine of our Corps members were drowned in Gashaka on Saturday. “So far, seven bodies have been recovered and we are working with other relevant persons to recover the rest and to identify the persons. “This is a very sad development and the entire NYSC family in Taraba state is already thrown into deep mourning,” she said.

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